Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Beijing Hill-warbler (Rhopophilus pekinensis)


French: Rhopophile de Pékin German: Pekinggrasmücke Spanish: Timalí pekinés
Other common names: Beijing Babbler, Chinese Hill-warbler, Chinese Bush-dweller (when lumped with R. albosuperciliaris)

Drymoeca (?) pekinensis


, 1868,

Beijing, China


Until recently considered conspecific with R. albosuperciliaris (which see). Proposed race leptorhynchus (from E Qinghai and Gansu) rather weakly defined; recent review#R supports treatment as synonym. Monotypic.


C & NE China (SE Qinghai and C & S Gansu E to Shaanxi and NE Sichuan, and from S Inner Mongolia and Liaoning S to SW Henan and NE Hubei) and North Korea.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Small passerine resembling a cisticolid warbler, with graduated tail very long (half of bird’s total length), plumage pale grey and sandy with heavy... read more


Not adequately documented. Song described as a sweet continuous “dear, dear, dear”,... read more


Dry stony scrub, bush-covered hill slopes, tamarisks, long grass with scattered trees (including... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates. Forms flocks outside breeding season, sometimes associating with babblers. Forages in... read more


Season May. Nest a substantial deep cup of soft grasses, thickly bound with strips of grass, reinforced externally with cobweb, cocoons and... read more


Resident, with some apparent winter displacements, e.g. to parts of South Korea.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon within comparatively large range. Around Beidaihe, in E China (S Liaoning), numbers may have increased from 1940s to 1980s,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Beijing Hill-warbler (Rhopophilus pekinensis). 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 24 February 2020).