Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Grey-hooded Warbler (Seicercus xanthoschistos) - HBW 11, p. 677

French: Pouillot à tête grise German: Graukopf-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero Cabecigrís
Other common names: Grey-headed Warbler/Flycatcher-warbler

Taxonomy: Phyllopneuste xanthoschistos J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray, 1847, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Recent DNA studies, as well as morphological and vocal characteristics, indicate that this species should be placed in genus Phylloscopus; traditional treatment provisionally maintained, however, pending full revision of these two genera. Geographical variation somewhat clinal, plumage becoming paler from E to W; races albosuperciliaris and jerdoni often treated as synonyms of nominate; proposed race pulla (described from Mishmi Hills, in NE India) merged with flavogularis. Birds from SE Xizang (in extreme S China) of uncertain racial identity, tentatively i.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Phyllopneuste xanthoschistos J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray, 1847, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
Recent DNA studies, as well as morphological and vocal characteristics, indicate that this species should be placed in genus Phylloscopus; traditional treatment provisionally maintained, however, pending full revision of these two genera. Geographical variation somewhat clinal, plumage becoming paler from E to W; races albosuperciliaris and jerdoni often treated as synonyms of nominate; proposed race pulla (described from Mishmi Hills, in NE India) merged with flavogularis. Birds from SE Xizang (in extreme S China) of uncertain racial identity, tentatively included in last-mentioned race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albosuperciliaris (Jerdon, 1863) - N Pakistan (E from Kohat), Kashmir and N India E to W Nepal.
  • xanthoschistos (J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) - W & C Nepal.
  • jerdoni (W. E. Brooks, 1871) - E Nepal and extreme S China (S Xizang) E, including Bhutan, to NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh).

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  • albosuperciliaris (Jerdon, 1863) - N Pakistan (E from Kohat), Kashmir and N India E to W Nepal.
  • xanthoschistos (J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) - W & C Nepal.
  • jerdoni (W. E. Brooks, 1871) - E Nepal and extreme S China (S Xizang) E, including Bhutan, to NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh).
  • flavogularis (Godwin-Austen, 1877) - NE India (Abor and Mishmi Hills, in Assam), extreme S China (SE Xizang) and N Myanmar.
  • tephrodiras Sick, 1939 - NE India (S Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur) and W & SW Myanmar (Chin Hills).