Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Fulvetta (Schoeniparus brunneus)


French: Pseudominla de Gould German: Grauwangen-Zweigdrossling Spanish: Fulveta de Gould

Alcippe brunnea


, 1863,



In the past, often considered conspecific with S. dubius, but the two occur sympatrically in China and differ morphologically. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. b. olivaceus (Styan, 1896) – SC China (C Sichuan and E Yunnan E to S Shaanxi, W Hubei and N Guizhou).
  • S. b. weigoldi Stresemann, 1923 – Red Basin of Sichuan (China).
  • S. b. superciliaris (David, 1874) – SE China (E Guangxi and Hunan E to S Anhui, SW Zhejiang, W Fujian and C Guangdong).
  • S. b. argutus (E. J. O. Hartert, 1910) – Hainan.
  • S. b. brunneus (Gould, 1863) – Taiwan.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–13·5 cm; 15–23 g. Nominate race has forehead to rump, upper­wing and tail dull rufescent brown, long, broad blackish lateral crownstripe from above... read more


    Song on Emei Shan (Sichuan) delivered in hurried, loud, shrill, nervous phrases of 4–5 notes... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, grass-jungle, at 600–1700 m in China; mainly 1525–1830 m in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, snails and seeds found in stomachs. Feeds on or near ground, skulking, in small parties; seen to move under leaf litter to forage.


    Apr–Jun. Nest a loose dome or semi-dome, with entrance at upper part, made of leaf fibres, dead leaves (including those of ... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in S China, where recently recorded at 15 (28%) of 54 sites surveyed (52 of which are nature reserves); widespread in wooded... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Dusky Fulvetta (Schoeniparus brunneus). 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 23 May 2019).