Alpine Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occisinensis

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The central and southern Chinese counterpart of the visually all-but-identical Tickell’s Leaf Warbler. Greenish-brown with a bright yellow brow stripe and underparts. Lacks wingbars. Tickell’s has a paler throat and belly, as well as a slightly longer and straighter brow stripe. As the name indicates, this is a warbler of high-altitude areas, breeding in open areas with low vegetation. Wintering birds descend, often into scrubby patches, gardens, and forest edges. Song is an explosive burst of repetitive chittering notes, sharper-sounding than that of Tickell’s. Call is a dry “chit”.

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