Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Broad-billed Warbler (Tickellia hodgsoni)


French: Bouscarle de Hodgson German: Breitschnabel-Dickichtsänger Spanish: Mosquitero picoancho

Abrornis? hodgsoni

F. Moore

, 1854,



Birds from Naga Hills (NE India), described as race rupchandi, considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. h. hodgsoni (F. Moore, 1854) – E Nepal E through Bhutan to NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, S Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram), S China (SE Xizang) and W Myanmar.
  • T. h. tonkinensis (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – S China (W & SE Yunnan, E Guangxi#R), NE Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 4–5 g. Small, rather plump and relatively long-legged warbler, comparatively large flattened bill with exceptionally long rictal bristles (extending from bill... read more


    Song a very thin series of notes, repeated at even higher pitch after a pause, “si-seeee-ee-... read more


    Bamboo thickets and other undergrowth along edge of dense damp, broadleaf evergreen montane forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous; precise prey items unspecified. Very active, hovering and flycatching from twigs and lower branches of trees close to or... read more


    Little known. Nest with eggs in Jun in N India (Sikkim), season probably May and Jun in Himalayas; reports of pairs in Myanmar (Chin Hills... read more


    Resident; possibly some seasonal altitudinal movement.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA and Fan-Si-Pan and Northern Laos (Secondary Area). Rare and local. Only recently... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2020). Broad-billed Warbler (Tickellia hodgsoni). 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 24 January 2020).