Rufous-throated Fulvetta

Rufous-throated Fulvetta
Rufous-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus rufogularis stevensi, Skytree Nature Reserve (21.625818, 101.585782), Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan, China, elev. 710 m (2,320 ft.), March. (Craig Brelsford)
Rufous-throated Fulvetta
Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Skytree Nature Reserve (21.625723, 101.584565), Yunnan, elev. 790 m (2,590 ft.), March. (Craig Brelsford)

Rufous-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus rufogularis ranges northeast India to Thailand, with stevensi a rare resident of southern Yunnan (Xishuangbanna). HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Usually in small groups, often near ground, moving quickly through undergrowth and leaf litter in search of insects and seeds. ID & COMPARISON Has diagnostic rufous band on lower throat. Crown also rufous. White supercilium bordered above by black line, both reaching forehead (unlike Rusty-capped Fulvetta S. dubius). Brown ear coverts, wings, and tail; grey-brown mantle; white throat; greyish-white breast and belly. BARE PARTS Bill black; feet yellowish-pink. VOICE Loud, clear whistles and grating calls. — Craig Brelsford

THE JUNGLE BABBLER FULVETTAS OF CHINA covers every species in the genus Schoeniparus in China. Click any link below:

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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