Dusky Warbler

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Scientific Name: Phylloscopus fuscatus

Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Perang Rawa

Chinese Name: 褐柳莺

Range: Found from eastern Eurasia, northern China to Siberia and winters to the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Indochina and the Thai-Malay Peninsula

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: fuscatus, robustus.

Size: 12-12.5 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Arctic Warbler but has dark to greyish-brown upperparts without any pale wing bars, dirty-whitish underparts and buffish wash on breast-sides, flanks and undertail-coverts.

Similar looking species: Arctic Warbler

Habitat: Open areas and often in wetter habitats than other Phylloscopus warblers.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents low bushes and small trees, usually within the vicinity of water.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Mar 05-Mar 11, Dec 24-Dec 30
Early date 22 Dec 2019
Late date 13 Jun 2023
Recorded three times from 2019-2022, and an abundant migrant in favourable habitat further north in southeast Asia. Could it be overlooked in Singapore?


BirdLife International. (2016). Phylloscopus fuscatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22715264A94445738.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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