Phyllergates Sharpe, Cat. B. M., vii, p. 229. Type, P. cucullatus, Temm., Java.
The genus Phyllergates contains two species of Warbler which extend from the Eastern Himalayas through Burma and the Indo-Chinese countries to Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines, being represented by subspecies varying in their different geographical areas.
Oates has shown that this Warbler cannot be placed with the Tailor-birds, Orthotomus or Sutorius, as it has only ten tail-feathers, whereas the Tailor-birds have twelve. In coloration Phyllergates bears an extraordinary resemblance to Tickellia but has a perfectly different bill.
In this genus the wing is rounded, the first primary large and the fifth longest; the tail is slightly graduated; the bill is broad, blunt and almost as long as the head; there are three rictal bristles, which are long and stout.