Dusky Fulvetta

Dusky Fulvetta
Dusky Fulvetta Schoeniparus brunneus brunneus, Nantou County (23.678585, 120.731023), Taiwan, elev. 1060 m (3,470 ft.), March. (Craig Brelsford)
Dusky Fulvetta
Dusky Fulvetta S. b. argutus, Jianfengling National Forest Park, Hainan, China, February. (Craig Brelsford)

Dusky Fulvetta Schoeniparus brunneus olivaceus ranges from central Sichuan to Hubei and Guizhou, weigoldi inhabits Sichuan Basin, superciliaris occurs throughout southeast China, and argutus is endemic to Hainan. Also nominate endemic to Taiwan. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Small groups, often near ground, moving quickly through undergrowth and leaf litter in search of insects and seeds. Lowlands to 2500 m (8,200 ft.). ID Large-headed, with brown cap and upperparts. Black lateral crown-stripe extends from forehead to sides of neck. Face grey with buffy eye-ring. Chin whitish; rest of underparts grey. BARE PARTS Bill black; feet yellowish-brown. VOICE Song a clear, short warble, continuously repeated. Chirrs in alarm. — Craig Brelsford


Dusky Fulvetta Schoeniparus brunneus superciliaris, Emeifeng (27.038276, 117.094207), Fujian, China, elev. 730 m (2,400 ft.), May, by Craig Brelsford (2:37; 7 MB)

Dusky Fulvetta S. b. superciliaris, Emeifeng (27.038276, 117.094207), Fujian, elev. 730 m (2,400 ft.), May, by Craig Brelsford (0:02; 875 KB)


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Yellow-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus cinereus
Rufous-winged Fulvetta S. castaneceps
Golden-fronted Fulvetta S. variegaticeps
Rufous-throated Fulvetta S. rufogularis
Rusty-capped Fulvetta S. dubius
Dusky Fulvetta S. brunneus


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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