Chinese Fulvetta

Chinese Fulvetta Fulvetta striaticollis is endemic to China, ranging from Gansu through western Sichuan and southern Qinghai to eastern Tibet and northwestern Yunnan. Lives in mountainside forests and thickets, from 2200 m to 4300 m. Monotypic. Brown above (including head and tail), wings more rufous, with whitish panel on primaries; whitish below. Dark streaks on head, throat and upper breast. Black lores and narrow (sometimes faint) eyestripe behind eye. Lateral stripe at rear crown, typical of several fulvetta species, is indistinct in Chinese fulvetta (partly because of dark and streaked head). Juvenile darker above, duller below. Spectacled fulvetta has less streaking, a pale supercilium, white eye-ring, dark irides, grey lores, rufous crown (nominate), grey mantle, and rufous belly. Manipur fulvetta has mostly grey head and breast, grey lores, and distinct lateral crown stripe. Taiwan fulvetta has rufous-brown belly, brown streaking on throat (but no streaking on crown), and white eye-ring. Eye white; bill horn; feet pink. Clear, sharp whistles.


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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