Rufous-winged Fulvetta

Rufous-winged Fulvetta
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps exul, Xishuangbanna Prefecture (21.508278, 100.505560), Yunnan, China, elev. 1660 m (5,430 ft.), January. (Craig Brelsford)
Rufous-winged Fulvetta
Rufous-winged Fulvetta S. c. castaneceps, Dulong Gorge (27.909243, 98.348603), Yunnan, elev. 1810 m (5,930 ft.), June. (Craig Brelsford)

Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps castaneceps is in southeast Tibet and western Yunnan and exul in southeast Yunnan and western Guangxi. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Broadleaf evergreen forests, from 900-2750 m (2,950-9,020 ft.). Lower in winter. In noisy flocks (often mixed), searching, in the manner of nuthatches, for spiders and insects on moss-clad trunks and branches; also in undergrowth. ID & COMPARISON Nominate has chestnut crown and nape with buffish-white streaks. Face black and white (long whitish supercilium, blackish eyestripe, white-streaked silvery lower ear coverts, short black moustachial line). Upperparts olive-brown, tail darker brown; rufous panels on wings and black band across wing coverts. Underparts unmarked, mainly whitish; breast-sides and flanks buff. Race exul has darker crown and darker rufous wing panel. BARE PARTS Bill horn-brown; feet yellow. VOICE Sharp call, chit; also a high-pitched, slightly descending trill. Song a rich, descending warble. — 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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