Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Grey-bellied Tesia (Tesia cyaniventer)


French: Tésie à sourcils jaunes German: Olivscheitel-Stutzschwanz Spanish: Tesia cejiamarilla

Tesia cyaniventer


, 1837,





N India (E from Uttarakhand) and Nepal E to S China (SE Xizang, S Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, S Hunan), Bangladesh, Myanmar (except C & S), NW Thailand, SW Cambodia, N & S Laos and Vietnam (Tonkin, C & S Annam).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 8–12 g. Small, upright and apparently tailless, ground-dwelling warbler. Has bright olive-green upperparts, slightly paler crown, light green supercilium... read more


Has surprisingly loud, rattling “trrrrrk” call. Song, mostly in Apr–May, a series... read more


Dense undergrowth of broadleaf forest, principally in ferns, nettles, dwarf bamboo in moist valleys... read more

Food and feeding

Food items little studied; small invertebrates, particularly ants (Hymenoptera) and spiders (Araneae), recorded. Very active, and appears... read more


Season May–Jul. Nest a ball mostly of moss, placed low down, less than 0·5 from ground, in bush, creeper or moss on side of... read more


Altitudinal migrant, making post-breeding descent to lower elevations. Winter visitor to N Assam (... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in N India; in Nepal, common in EC but rare in W; common in S China; frequent in Bhutan and common in Myanmar, Laos and N Vietnam;... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Grey-bellied Tesia (Tesia cyaniventer). 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 11 December 2019).