Rufous-winged Fulvetta

Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps ranges from Nepal and northeastern India to Southeast Asia, with castaneceps in southeastern Tibet and western Yunnan and exul in southeastern Yunnan and western Guangxi. In broadleaf evergreen forests, from 900 m (lower in winter) to 2750 m. In noisy flocks (often mixed), searching, in the manner of nuthatches, for spiders and insects on moss-clad trunks and branches; also in undergrowth. 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. Bill horn-brown; feet dull yellow. Sharp “chit” call; also a high-pitched, slightly descending trill. Song a rich, descending warble. — 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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