Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-headed Tesia (Cettia castaneocoronata)


Taxonomy

French: Bouscarle à tête marron German: Rotkopftesia Spanish: Cetia cabecicastaña
Taxonomy:

Sylvia? castaneo-coronata

E. Burton

, 1836,

no locality = Nepal

.

Previously placed in Oligura (see C. major), and often included in Tesia; genetic data#R, however, place it clearly within present genus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. castaneocoronata (E. Burton, 1836) – Himalayas from N India (Himachal Pradesh) and Nepal E to E Bangladesh, Myanmar (except C & S), S China (SE Xizang, Sichuan, Guizhou, W Guangxi), NW Thailand and N Laos.
  • C. c. ripleyi (Deignan, 1951) – S China (Yunnan).
  • C. c. abadiei (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – N Vietnam (NW Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9·5 cm; 8–10 g. Small, upright and almost tailless ground-loving warbler with dark upperparts and bright yellow underparts. Nominate race has chestnut head,... read more

    Voice

    Has sharp and explosive “whit” or sharper “tit” call notes, often repeated as short intermittent... read more

    Habitat

    Undergrowth of broadleaf forest and mixed broadleaf and conifer forest, also bamboo; prefers dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food items not well known; mostly spiders (Araneae), other invertebrates and their larvae. Usually alone or in pairs. Actively forages on... read more

    Breeding

    Not well known. Season Apr–Jul. Male displays in upper bush to female lower in same bush, holds wings drooped, bill pointing upwards... read more

    Movements

    Altitudinal migrant. Winter visitor to N Assam. Vagrant in Bangladesh.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common in Nepal, N India (scarce in Himachal Pradesh) and Bhutan; uncommon in N Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Chestnut-headed Tesia (Cettia castaneocoronata). 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/58727 on 18 January 2019).