Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps)


French: Bouscarle de Swinhoe German: Buschstutzschwanz Spanish: Buscarla colicorta asiática

Tribura squameiceps


, 1863,

Canton, China


In past, often placed in Cettia. Proposed race ussuriana (Ussuri Valley, in E Siberia) based on individuals in worn spring plumage, and generally considered unwarranted. Monotypic.


SE Russia (S Ussuriland), NE China (SE Heilongjiang, S & E Jilin, E Liaoning), Korea, S Sakhalin, S Kuril Is and Japan; non-breeding SE China, Taiwan and SE Asia S to N Malay Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·5 cm; 8–10 g. Small, plump or full-bellied and very short-tailed bush-warbler with fine, pointed bill. Has prominent, long buffish-white... read more


Song, mid-May to end Jun, a high-pitched cicada-like “see-see-see-see-see-see- see-see-see-... read more


Breeds in dense undergrowth (including dwarf bamboo) in lowland conifer and broadleaf evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Food invertebrates and larvae. Usually alone or in pairs. Forages on ground or in thick undergrowth; elusive, rarely coming into the open. read more


Poorly known. Season late Apr to Jul. Co-operative breeding, helpers considered of regular occurrence. Nest primarily of leaves and dry... read more


Migratory. After breeding, migrates S to SE Asia from W Myanmar E to Vietnam (absent Cambodia and... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant in SE Russia (Ussuriland) and along coast of Sea of Japan; rare on S Sakhalin I, and uncommon in Japan (... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 May 2019).