Previously placed in Seicercus; see Phylloscopidae. Closely related to P. intermedius. MtDNA indicates that Himalayan populations may be specifically distinct from Yunnan (China) and S Vietnam populations (latter two are also well differentiated); further research required. Monotypic.
E Himalayas from C Nepal E to NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh) and neighbouring parts of N Myanmar and S China (S Yunnan); also Nagaland S to Mizoram and Meghalaya (NE India), and N Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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