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