Rusty-capped Fulvetta

Rusty-capped Fulvetta
Rusty-capped Fulvetta Schoeniparus dubius intermedius, Gaoligong Mountains, Yunnan, China, February. (Craig Brelsford)

Rusty-capped Fulvetta Schoeniparus dubius intermedius is resident in extreme western Yunnan and genestieri is resident from Yunnan and Sichuan to Hunan and Guangxi. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Anywhere with dense vegetation, including broadleaf forest and forest edge, bushes, and thick bamboo stands, to 2500 m (8,200 ft.). Eats insects and seeds, foraging in dense undergrowth on or near ground, usually in small flocks. ID Has rusty cap and long white supercilium (from above eye) bordered black above. Black lores, brown cheeks, white throat. Upperparts and flanks brown; center of breast and belly whitish. BARE PARTS Bill black; feet pink. VOICE Clear, loud whistles and grating chatter. — 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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