Taiwan Fulvetta

Taiwan Fulvetta Fulvetta formosana formerly was considered conspecific with grey-hooded fulvetta and Manipur fulvetta. Found exclusively in the mountains of Taiwan, to 3000 m. Forages noisily and actively in undergrowth in broadleaf and coniferous forests and bamboo thickets. Feeds primarily on insects. Usually found in small flocks. Monotypic. Most of head, mantle, and breast dull brown, with brownish lateral crown stripes. Throat and upper breast have heavy dusky (brown) streaking. Ear coverts may be lightly streaked. Has pale irides and white eye-ring. Longish tail, rump, vent, and wings mostly rufous-brown, with white edging to black primaries. Chinese fulvetta has whitish belly, grey-black throat streaking (even on crown), and distinct black lores, and it lacks the white eye-ring. Manipur fulvetta is greyer (including throat streaking) and lacks white eye-ring. Spectacled fulvetta is greyer (with contrasting rufous or brown crown), lacks brown throat streaking, and has dark irides. Brown-throated fulvetta has more vinous-brown head and throat streaking contrasting with grey-brown breast and mantle; irides darker. Bill grey; feet pinkish-brown. Squeaky contact calls and clear, two-note whistle.


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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