Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Timor Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus presbytes) - HBW 11, p. 671

French: Pouillot de Timor German: Timorlaubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero de Timor
Other common names: Yellow-faced Leaf-warbler

Taxonomy: Sylvia presbytes Blyth, 1870, Timor.
Possibly closely related to P. sarasinorum; both previously thought to form a superspecies with P. trivirgatus, P. poliocephalus and P. makirensis, but this arrangement not supported by findings from recent molecular-genetic studies. Detailed review of all leaf-warbler taxa in Indonesia and Wallacea required. On Timor, nominate race varies with altitude and geographically, those on Mt Ramelan being paler and greyer than those on Mt Mutis; study required in order to assess whether any taxonomic implications. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • floris (E. J. O. Hartert, 1898) - Flores, in WC Lesser Sundas.
  • presbytes (Blyth, 1870) - Timor, Atauro and Roti, in SE Lesser Sundas.

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