Hume’s Bush Warbler

Hume’s Bush Warbler Horornis brunnescens occurs in China only around Yalu Zangbu River (upper Brahmaputra River) in southeast Tibet. ID & COMPARISON Similar to Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler H. acanthizoides. Breeding ranges disjunct and remarkable songs different. Hume’s sings with 3-4 ascending notes, followed by repeated 2-3 notes on different pitch. Hume’s song lasts about 15 seconds, Yellow-bellied’s about a minute. Trill of Hume’s usually much shorter than Yellow-bellied. Plumages usually inseparable in the field, but Hume’s sometimes paler yellow below than Yellow-bellied. Calls tret. — Craig Brelsford


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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