Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Golden-breasted Fulvetta (Lioparus chrysotis)


French: Liopare à poitrine dorée German: Goldgrasmücke Spanish: Fulveta dorada

Pr[oparus]. chrysotis


, 1845,

no locality = Nepal


Races form three groups: “chrysotis group”, with greyish crown and throat and no or vestigial pale coronal stripe; “swinhoii group”, with bold white coronal stripe and blackish crown and throat; and single-taxon “robsoni group”, with yellow throat, yellow-tinged area around eye, olive-tinged crown and ear-coverts, more strongly orange wingpanel formed by edges of secondaries, and possibly smaller size. Study to check species limits needed, although vocal differences not apparent. Birds reported from C Yunnan (N Ailao Shan), in S China, have not been assigned to race. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. c. chrysotis (Blyth, 1845) – Himalayan Golden-breasted Fulvetta – C Nepal E to NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
  • L. c. albilineatus Koelz, 1954 – NE India (Nagaland, Manipur).
  • L. c. forresti (Rothschild, 1926) – NE Myanmar and S China (NW Yunnan).
  • L. c. swinhoii (#R J. P. Verreaux, 1871) – Chinese Golden-breasted Fulvetta – SC China from SE Gansu, S Shaanxi and C Sichuan S to Guangxi, SE Hunan and N Guangdong.
  • L. c. amoenus (Mayr, 1941) – S China (SE Yunnan) and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • L. c. robsoni (J. C. Eames, 2002) – Annam Golden-breasted Fulvetta – C Vietnam (C Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11·5 cm; 5–10 g. Colourful fulvetta, blackish-grey above with silvery ear-coverts and orange-yellow underparts, wing flashes and outer tail. Male... read more


    Song a rather rapid, very thin, piercing, high-pitched 5-note “si-si-si-si-suu” or... read more


    Dense undergrowth, usually dominated by bamboo, in and adjacent to temperate forest. At 2055–... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, small berries and seeds. Found in pairs, or in parties of up to 20–30 or even 50 individuals outside breeding season (... read more


    Season May–Jun in India, and present on breeding grounds mid-May to Oct in Bhutan; Apr–Jun in Myanmar and China. Nest... read more


    Resident; some local seasonal altitudinal displacements.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally rather uncommon to fairly common. Very local in WC & E Nepal. Frequently recorded in Bhutan throughout temperate zone, but scarce in W... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Golden-breasted Fulvetta (Lioparus chrysotis). 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 February 2020).