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.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 08-Oct 14
Early date 23 Aug 2015
Late date 09 May 2019
The peak fall passage period for this species, from end Sep to end Oct, is the best time to catch one of these birds.


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.

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