Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps)


French: Bouscarle à face noire German: Schieferkopf-Dickichtsänger Spanish: Mosquitero carinegro

Culicipeta schisticeps

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,



Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. schisticeps (J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) – Nepal and adjacent N India (Uttarakhand; Sikkim, N West Bengal).
  • A. s. flavimentalis (E. C. S. Baker, 1924) – Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram), S China (S Xizang) and W Myanmar.
  • A. s. ripponi (Sharpe, 1902) – N & E Myanmar, S China (S Sichuan, W Yunnan) and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 6 g. Small, rather slim warbler with distinctive head pattern. Nominate race has crown, nape and side of neck grey, bold yellow supercilia almost meeting on forehead,... read more


    Song thin and ethereal, a high-pitched tinkling “tirririr-tsii tirririr-tsii tirririr-tsii... read more


    Subtropical broadleaf evergreen forest with moss-covered trees, ravines, shrubby undergrowth and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food almost entirely tiny invertebrates. Forages chiefly in upper canopy, especially among creepers, to lesser extent also in lower and... read more


    Poorly known; following details based on two nests. Season early Apr to Jun in NE India. Nest a pad of soft vegetation, either of loose... read more


    Resident, although probably some seasonal altitudinal movement; recorded as low as 600 m in Cachar... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon. Frequently encountered in C & E parts of Nepal W to Kali-Gandaki Valley; farther W there are few reports, but has been... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps). 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 16 February 2019).