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Rufous-winged Fulvetta

From Opus

Alternative names: Rufous-winged Tit-Babbler; Chestnut-headed Fulvetta; Chestnut-headed Tit-Babbler

Schoeniparus castaneceps


[edit] Identification

10 - 13cm. A very small olive-brown and whitish babbler:

  • Chestnut crown with pale buff shaft streaks
  • Long whitish supercilium above blackish eye-stripe and whisker-mark
  • Rufous wings with blackish greater and primary coverts
  • Olive-brown upperparts, breast-sides and flanks
  • Tail dark brown

Sexes similar. Juveniles hav a less distinct shaft-streaking to crown and a more rufescent tinge overall.

[edit] Distribution

Found from Nepal east over Bhutan to northeast India, Burma, adjacent south China (Yunnan to Guangxi), Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and peninsular Malaysia.
Fairly common in most of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Black-crowned Fulvetta has been included in this species in the past.
Formerly placed in genus Alcippe or in Pseudominla.

[edit] Subspecies

Four subspecies accepted[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary forest, bamboo, forest edges and abandoned cultivations. In India found at 300 - 3600m, 900 - 2750m in China, breeds above 1000m in southeast Asia.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, sometimes tree-sap.
Usually seen in large groups of 20 to 40 birds. These flocks move very quickly and may contain other species as well. Forages on moss-covered trunks like a nuthatch.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season January to June in southeast Asia, April to June in the Indian Subcontinent. The nest is a dome made of green moss, dry bamboo and other leaves. It's placed 1 - 3m above the ground amon moss or creepers on a tree trunk, in a bush, a sapling or a moss or fern-covered bank. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

Resient species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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