Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Nepal Fulvetta (Alcippe nipalensis)


French: Alcippe du Népal German: Nepalalcippe Spanish: Fulveta nepalesa
Other common names: Nepal Nun-babbler

[Mesia] Siva Nipalensis


, 1837,



Proposed race commoda, from NE India (Assam) and N Myanmar, considered better merged with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. n. nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837) – Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang and extreme W Yunnan) and N Myanmar. Recently recorded further W in Uttarakhand (India)#R.
  • A. n. stanfordi Ticehurst, 1930 – E Bangladesh, NE India (Mizoram) and W Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–13 cm; 13–18 g. Nominate race has crown to upper back pale brown-tinged grey, shading to pale warm brown on rest of upperparts, upperwing and tail,... read more


    Song “chu-chui-chiwi” and “ew-ew-ui-iwi”, etc., described also as short,... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, moist deciduous forest, forest edge, secondary growth, and bamboo.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, nectar and berries, the last forming a large part of diet in Sept–Feb non-breeding period. Outside breeding season found in... read more


    Mar–Jul. Nest, built by both sexes, usually a neat and compact deep cup, rarely loosely woven and semi-transparent, made of dead... read more


    Resident. Description as common winter visitor in Nameri National Park, in Assam (NE India),... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to locally common in Nepal. Common in Bhutan in foothills and C & E valleys, with density near Zhemgang of 1·4... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Nepal Fulvetta (Alcippe nipalensis). 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 26 February 2020).