Yunnan Fulvetta

Yunnan Fulvetta Alcippe fratercula was formerly considered conspecific (as “grey-cheeked fulvetta” [Alcippe morrisonia]) with David’s, grey-cheeked, and Huet’s fulvetta. Resident in Burma, Thailand, Laos, and southwestern Yunnan (fratercula) and northwestern Yunnan and southwestern Sichuan (yunnanensis). Common in understory and undergrowth of broadleaved evergreen forests, from lowlands to 3000 m. Usually in busy flocks, sometimes with other species, feeding on insects and berries. Large-headed, brown-and-grey alcippe. Has grey head, white eye-ring, and black lateral crown-stripes, which in some cases are very faint or not present at all. Mantle and wing coverts grey-brown; remiges and tail brown; underparts brownish-buff. Most other alcippes have larger eye-ring. David’s and Huet’s fulvetta are greyer below; grey-cheeked is tinted orange below. Upperparts of Yunnan less reddish than those of Nepal fulvetta; flanks warmer buff. Brown-cheeked fulvetta about 25 percent larger and has brownish-grey head sides. Juvenile has warmer upperparts, flanks, and vent. Bill black; iris reddish-brown; feet pinkish-brown. Busy, twittering song similar to that of David’s fulvetta. — Craig Brelsford

THE ALCIPPE FULVETTAS OF CHINA covers every species in the family Alcippeidae in China. Click any link below:

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala
Nepal Fulvetta A. nipalensis
David’s Fulvetta A. davidi
Huet’s Fulvetta A. hueti
Yunnan Fulvetta A. fratercula

See also this Taiwan endemic:

Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia


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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