Pale-legged Leaf Warbler

Scientific Name: Phylloscopus tenellipes
Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Kaki Pudar Barat
Chinese Name: 淡脚柳莺
eBird Species page: Pale-legged Leaf Warbler

Breeds from North Korea to Southeast Russia and winters in Southeast Asia. Precise wintering range rather unclear.



Adult resembles Arctic Warbler but has dark greyish crown contrasting with olive-greenish mantle, warmish olive-brown rump and pale greyish pink legs and feet. Indistinguishable from the very similar looking Sakhalin Leaf Warbler visually (or oftentimes even in hand), and in the field it can only be told apart by its call (~6Khz instead of ~5Khz) or characteristic song.

Similar looking species: Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, Arctic Warbler

Habitat: Forest.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually forages for insects on the forest floor, sometimes climbing up low shrubs and vines to glean prey. May also be found in the mid-storey to canopy levels.

Local Status:

Past accepted records in our database:

Record ID Date first seen Location Verdict
10045 22 Nov 2021 MacRitchie Reservoir Record under review
10046 21 Nov 2021 MacRitchie Reservoir Record under review
10030 11 Nov 2021 Macritchie Reservoir Record under review


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Hungnon, C., Khudamrongsawat, J., Manawattana, S., Pierce, A. J., & Round, P. D. (2017). Distinguishing between Sakhalin Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus borealoides and Pale-legged Leaf Warbler P. tenellipes on call. Forktail, 33, 77-80.

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