Eastern Crowned Warbler

Scientific Name: Phylloscopus coronatus

Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Raja Timur

Chinese Name: 冕柳莺

Range: Found from Russia, China, Korea to Japan and winters to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 12.5-13 cm

Identification: Resembles Arctic Warbler and Sakhalin Leaf Warbler but has well-defined pale median coronal stripe on darker crown (which is more distinct at the rear often not reaching the fore-crown), longer bill with dark upper mandible and pale lower mandible (with no dark tip), yellower-green upperparts, whiter underparts and pale yellow undertail-coverts.

Similar looking species: Yellow-browed Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler

Habitat: Forests, mangroves, gardens, parks and suitable wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the canopy where it forages in the foliage.

Local Status: Common migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh, Bidadari, Tuas South and Pasir Ris Park.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Phylloscopus coronatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22715348A94449332.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.