French: Pouillot à tête grise German: Graukopf-Laubsänger Spanish: Mosquitero cabecigrís
J. E. Gray and G. R. Gray
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Subspecies and Distribution
P. x. albosuperciliaris
(Jerdon, 1863) – N Pakistan (E from Kohat), Kashmir and N India E to W Nepal.
P. x. xanthoschistos
(J. E. Gray & G. R. Gray, 1847) – W & C Nepal.
P. x. jerdoni
(W. E. Brooks, 1871) – E Nepal and extreme S China (S Xizang) E, including Bhutan, to NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh).
P. x. flavogularis
(Godwin-Austen, 1877) – NE India (Abor and Mishmi Hills, in Assam), extreme S China (SE Xizang) and N Myanmar.
P. x. tephrodiras
(Sick, 1939) – NE India (S Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur) and W & SW Myanmar (Chin Hills).
10–11 cm; 6–9 g. Small, conspicuous arboreal warbler with bright yellow underparts, lacking obvious eyering or wingbars shown by similar species. Nominate race... read more
Song a series of short, cheerful phrases, as “tsi-tsi-tsi-weetee” or “tsi-weetsi-... read more
Montane forests; inhabits both broadleaf forest, chiefly oak (Quercus), and mixed... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds almost entirely on tiny spiders (Araneae) and insects, including small caterpillars; small berries also taken. Forages chiefly in mid... read more
Mar–Aug (chiefly May–Jun), coinciding with start of wet season. Nest built by both sexes, mainly by female, a globular, domed... read more
Basically resident. Some post-breeding descent to lower elevations, including foothills, some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout core range in Nepal, Bhutan and N India; distinctly uncommon towards W & E limits of range in Pakistan, Kashmir... read more
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