Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta)


French: Yuhina à menton noir German: Meisenyuhina Spanish: Yuhina barbinegra

Y[uhina]. nigrimenta


, 1845,



Geographical variation clinal, with slight increase in size and underpart pallor from E to W. Proposed races intermedia (from NE Myanmar and C & S China S to N Laos and S Vietnam) and pallida (highlands of Fujian, in SE China) appear to represent middle stage and end, respectively, of this cline. Treated as monotypic.


From N India (E from Kumaon, in Uttarakhand) E to all NE hill states and N & W Myanmar, adjacent SE Xizang (Zayu), C, S & SE China (N & NE Sichuan and S Shaanxi, E to S Zhejiang, S to Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong), N & C Laos, Vietnam (Tonkin, N, C & S Annam) and extreme E Cambodia.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 8–14 g. Smallest yuhina, dull greenish grey-brown above and buffy below, with blackish face and crest on dull grey head, narrow red bill. Has crown mid-... read more


Song remarkable, a clear thin high-pitched sequence of short sibilant ringing whistles, “uu... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, second growth, and overgrown clearings. Mostly at 350–1825 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and their larvae (including millers, moth pupae), berries, seeds (including those of grass), rice, and flower nectar; ingests some... read more


Mar–Jul in Indian Subcontinent, May–Jul in Myanmar, Apr–Jun in China (Jul in SE Xizang), and Jan–Feb in Laos;... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to scarce in Nepal. Common throughout temperate zone and foothills in Bhutan, but scarcer in W; present in Thrumshingla National Park.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta). 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 20 August 2019).