David’s Fulvetta

David’s Fulvetta Alcippe davidi was formerly considered conspecific (as “grey-cheeked fulvetta” [Alcippe morrisonia]) with grey-cheeked, Huet’s, and Yunnan fulvetta. Resident from northern regions of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam north to Gansu and Shaanxi. Both subspecies occur in China: nominate ranging as far north as Gansu and Shaanxi, as far west as central Sichuan, as far south as Guangxi, and as far east as Jiangxi, and schaefferi in southeastern Yunnan, southern Guizhou, and northern Guangxi. Common in understory and undergrowth of broadleaved evergreen forests, from lowlands to 3000 m. Usually in busy flocks, often in bird waves with other species, feeding on insects and berries. Large-headed, brown-and-grey alcippe. Head grey with faint black crown-stripes, weak streaking on throat, and white eye-ring. Mantle and wing coverts grey-brown; remiges and tail brown; underparts greyish-buff. Huet’s fulvetta has larger eye-ring; Yunnan has indistinct eye-ring and is browner below; grey-cheeked has larger eye-ring and is more orange-buff below. Bill black; feet and iris brown. Cheerful, clear song; busy, raspy calls. — Craig Brelsford

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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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