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 N Korea.

Descriptive notes

15–17 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 montane scrub, bush-covered hill slopes, tamarisks, long grass with scattered trees (... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates. Forms flocks outside breeding season, sometimes associating with other babblers. Forages... 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 S Korea.

Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). 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 18 February 2019).