Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps)


Taxonomy

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

Culicipeta schisticeps

J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray

, 1847,

Nepal

.

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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58925 on 13 December 2018).