Yellow-bellied Fantail

yellow-bellied fantail
黄腹扇尾鹟 (huángfù shànwěiwēng)
Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus
12 cm

Ranges from India to Vietnam, in China from southeastern Tibet to southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan. Locally very common altitudinal migrant, found in forests to 3600 m in summer, 800 m in winter. Constantly active; fans and cocks tail and makes short aerial sallies for flying insects. Can be tame, being drawn to insects attracted to and flushed up by birdwatchers. Monotypic. Has bright-yellow forehead, supercilium, and underparts (pale vent). Olive crown. Rest of upperparts and wings olive-grey; has a single, narrow, white wing bar. Tail long, grey, white-tipped. Mask black in male, dark olive in female. Juvenile duller and paler. Bill tiny, conical, black above, orange below; feet yellow to blackish. Thin, whistled song consists of long syllables and fast pulses. — 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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