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Hume's Warbler

Phylloscopus humei




Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)


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Breeding Location:


Breeding Type:

Monogamous, Solitary nester

Egg Colour:


Number of Eggs:

4 - 6

Incubation Days:

11 - 14

Egg Incubator:


Nest Material:

Dry grass, fine grass, and hair.

Nest Location:

On the ground.




Hume's Warbler: Small leaf-warbler, grey-green above, white-grey below. Green-grey crown, long, yellow-white eyebrow, black line through eye, and narrow yellow-white crescent below eye. Thin, rather short, black-grey bill, and brown-grey legs. Medium wings with two yellow-white bars and olive edging to grey feathers. Rather short tail. Forages for small insects and spiders by picking them off of leaves with its bill.

Range and Habitat

Hume's Warbler: Breeds in south-central Russia and parts of Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China south to eastern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal. Winters south across much of India and the northern Indochina peninsula. A very rare annual migrant to the UK with just a few records per year on average. The Hume's Warbler prefers conifers although it can occur in gardens and a variety of woodland habitats.

Breeding and Nesting

Hume's Warbler: Four to seven white eggs with black-brown speckles are laid in a small cup nest constructed with dry grass and lined with fine grass and hair. The nest is built on the ground and the eggs are incubated by the female for 11 to 14 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Hume's Warbler: This small leaf-warbler feeds on small insects, spiders, and other small arthropods. It forages by actively moving through bushes and trees and picking prey off of leaves with its bill.


Hume’s Warbler: Song is either a long, wheezing "eeeeeeezzzzzz" or a series of repeated "weesoo" notes. Call is a "tooee" or "weesoo".

Similar Species

Hume's Warbler: Differs by yellowish double wing-bar, eyebrow line and yellowish tinged along breast.

The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
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The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.


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