Sakhalin Leaf Warbler

Scientific Name: Phylloscopus borealoides
Malay Name: Cekup-Daun Kaki Pudar Jepun
Chinese Name: 库页岛柳莺

Found from the Japanese Archipelago, Sakhalin to Kuril islands and winters to Southeast Asia


Size: 11.5 cm

Identification: 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. Can only be distinguished from the very similar looking Pale-legged Leaf Warbler in the field (which may also occur in Singapore) by its characteristic song.

Similar looking species: Arctic Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler

Habitat: Forest.

Ecology/Behaviour: 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: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Confirmed to winter in Singapore when two individuals were heard singing the characteristic song of the Sakhalin Leaf Warbler at a forested patch in Dairy Farm Nature Park in March 2014. Another record photographed at Lower Pierce Boardwalk in February 2009 cannot be identified conclusively as Sakhalin or Pale-legged Leaf Warbler.


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Francis Yap, Con Foley and Yong Ding Li (2014) First Record of the Sakhalin Leaf Warbler in Singapore in Newsletter of the Nature Society (Singapore) May-June 2014