Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Javan Fulvetta (Alcippe pyrrhoptera)


French: Alcippe de Java German: Rotrückenalcippe Spanish: Fulveta de Java
Other common names: Javan Nun-babbler

N[apothera]. pyrrhoptera


, 1850,



Has been treated as a race of A. poioicephala. Monotypic.


W & C Java.

Descriptive notes

14·5–15 cm. Dull chestnut and buff “nun-babbler”. Has crown to back dull chestnut-brown, very faint darker lateral crownstripes from above lores to nape, colour... read more


Song a well-spaced, loud, clear series of 5 notes, “ti-ti chi chi chew” (“ti” notes quieter),... read more


Broadleaf evergreen submontane to montane forest, at 1000–1830 m; elevational limits listed... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Found in small parties, sometimes with other species in mixed feeding flocks.


All months except Sept, and mainly in Apr–Jun. Nest a loose cup fixed in horizontal fork not far above ground. Clutch 2 eggs, pale... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Locally common in W Java, where common in Gunung Gede-Pangrango ­National Park... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Javan Fulvetta (Alcippe pyrrhoptera). 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).