Possible HUME’S LEAF WARBLER at Tehidy.

It appears the jury is out on this one. It appears that there are some salient features on the plumage that point to Hume’s but the call is thought by many to be that of Yellow-browed Warbler, although Hume’s do a YB Warbler type call which is the common call in India. Matt Sallis has kindly submitted a few shots of this bird at Tehidy (below). What are your opinions? Feel free to comment below.


4 thoughts on “Possible HUME’S LEAF WARBLER at Tehidy.

  1. derek jenkins

    the only Humes I’ve seen is the one at Cot Valley so I am no expert but the Tehidy bird seemed more olive green in colour,
    supercilium appeared paler & slightly more yellow I saw only one wing bar very clearly -the bird was very elusive last Sat
    being rather deaf I cannot hear the call of either bird—especially with the noise of all the Rooks,Gulls ,&other singfing birds. smaller wingbar was difficult to see.Ithought thebird was greener than in the above photos.

  2. Gary Lewis

    I have looked at this bird twice; the first time I expected a YBW and that is what I saw. On the second visit, I looked more closely. The second wingbar is very indistinct, but that is not entirely unusual on YBW. The leg colour is consistent with Humes, but the lower mandible is pale for over 2/3 of its length and I thought it should be dark over a greater area for Humes The call is very YBW and that is how I picked the bird up. Finally, it is quite a bright bird – not the grey plumage tones I have seen in other Humes including the Cot bird and the Plymouth bird of a few years ago.
    If I had to make a choice, I would still go with YBW, but am open to persuasion otherwise.

  3. Paul Mallett

    er…I can see why you think this is a difficult one, but, speaking as a complete novice in these matters, if you look in Collins “Bird Guide” there is a suggestion (albeit not backed up by a clear picture in that publication) that the base of the bill in Humes is dark. This one clearly isn’t.
    Or is the “Bird Guide” wrong?
    Great to get photos, let alone see the thing anyway!!! 🙂

  4. Colin Selway

    I watched and listened to this bird for four hours on thr 22nd, and was lucky, in as much as it appeared to be feeding in quite a small loop, utilising the very tops of the tree’s and sometimes on the ground, never out of sight for more than 10 mins. My first impression on glimpsing the bird, was to reserve judgement untill I had listened to the call, I had to wait for at least two hours before it did, more calls came later but only a maximum of six, all the same inornatus type ‘tsoeest’ but much weaker. This bird shows a super pale cheek and pale centres to the tertials, very pale under-parts and no yellow tones to the supercilium, but it appears to have an inornatus type bill and in good light the mantle looks moss green, certainly not as easy as the Cot bird. My own view is that this is a hybrid, and I have thought in the past that some other records of Hume’s, certainly on plumage alone have been. Nobody knows how big the hybrid zone is, but you can bet there is one.

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