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Subspecies P. c. forrestii
Photo © by James Eaton
Location: Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China.

Alternative name: Pale-rumped Warbler

Phylloscopus chloronotus


Very similar to Pallas's Leaf Warbler and Gansu Leaf Warbler, differing mainly in calls and song, but also in its supercilium, crown stripe and wingbars being whiter, less yellow.


The mountains of the Himalaya to south-central China.


Subspecies P. c. simlaensis
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Alt. 7000 ft, Western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India, March-2013

Pale-rumped Warbler was until recently lumped with Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Chinese Leaf Warbler, and Gansu Leaf Warbler in Pallas's Warbler.

Three subspecies are accepted:

  • P. c. forrestii: southwest China
  • P. c. chloronotus: central and eastern Himalaya
  • P. c. simlaensis (Simla Warbler): western Himalaya. Status disputed; may be anything between a distinct species and invalid due to clinal variation[4] .

Note: the name Lemon-rumped Leaf Warbler has been used in the past for both Pallas's Leaf Warbler and Pale-rumped Warbler by different authorities, but primarily for Pale-rumped Warbler subsequent to the split.




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