Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura)


French: Myzorne queue-de-feu German: Smaragdgrasmücke Spanish: Timalí melero

Myzornis pyrrhoura


, 1843,





C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), N Myanmar and S China (S & SE Xizang, NW & W Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 10–13 g. Bright green species with black mask and crown scalloping, red flash in black-and-white wing, red-sided tail, and rather long, thin, slightly... read more


Calls include extremely thin, high-pitched, often quickly repeated “si” notes, hence... read more


Mossy juniper and rhododendron scrub, oak-rhododendron forest, bushes, low trees in evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Spiders (Araneae), small flies (Diptera) and other insects; also berries, including raspberries, flower nectar and tree sap. Regularly... read more


Apr–Jun in India and Nepal, but pair with juveniles in mid-Sept at 3400 m in Bhutan suggests relatively extended breeding season.... read more


Resident; altitudinal descent evident from Oct, return movement from Mar apparently following... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally somewhat scarce. Uncommon and local in C & E Nepal, where local in Langtang National Park. Frequently recorded but sparsely distributed... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura). 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 26 February 2020).