Grey-cheeked Fulvetta

Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia was formerly considered conspecific (as “grey-cheeked fulvetta” [Alcippe morrisonia]) with David’s, Huet’s, and Yunnan fulvetta. Common in understory and undergrowth of broadleaved evergreen forests of Taiwan, from lowlands to 2500 m. Usually in busy flocks, often with other species, feeding on insects and berries. Monotypic. Large-headed, brown-and-grey alcippe. Head grey. White eye-ring broad and loose, in some cases resembling a small face mask. Black lateral crown stripes, which in some cases are very faint or not present at all. Wings, back, and tail brown. Underparts buff, more orange-tinted on flanks and undertail coverts. Bill black; iris brown; feet yellowish-brown. Sweet, clear warble; busy chirrs. — 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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