Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Grey-hooded Fulvetta (Fulvetta cinereiceps)


French: Fulvetta à gorge rayée German: Graukopf-Grasmücke Spanish: Fulveta encapuchada

Siva cinereiceps

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = Muping [Paohing], south-east Xizang, China


Formerly treated as conspecific with F. manipurensis and F. formosana, but these exhibit considerable differences. Races fucata and guttaticollis each moderately distinctive; further study required. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. c. fessa Bangs & J. L. Peters, 1928 – C China (S Ningxia S to S Gansu, S Shaanxi and extreme N Sichuan).
  • F. c. cinereiceps (J. P. Verreaux, 1871) – NE, C & S Sichuan S to W Guizhou (SC China).
  • F. c. fucata (Styan, 1899) – W Hubei S to N Guizhou, NE Guangxi and SE Hunan (E China).
  • F. c. guttaticollis (La Touche, 1897) – SE China from NW Fujian S to N Guangdong.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm. Small brownish, plain-headed and nondescript fulvetta with ochre, black and whitish in wing. Nominate race has crown and mantle pale soft greyish, slightly darker,... read more


    Song (nominate race) a loud, high, thin, breathless, whistled “ti fuu fííuu” or “ti wuu wiiuu” (... read more


    Undergrowth and bamboo in broadleaf forest, spruce, fir and maple forest, secondary growth, scrub,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, caterpillars, and small molluscs. Forages actively and with agility, in manner of a tit (Paridae).


    Season Apr–Jun. Nest a neat cup, strongly woven from bits of leaf skeleton, leaves, grasses and moss, lined with tendrils, placed in... read more


    Resident; reportedly a winter visitor to Guangdong, but this improbable.

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Common and widespread in S China, although in one survey recently recorded only in Maoershan Nature Reserve (Guangxi) and not in 53 other sites visited; is,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Grey-hooded Fulvetta (Fulvetta cinereiceps). 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 18 February 2020).