Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-faced Warbler (Abroscopus albogularis)


French: Bouscarle à moustaches German: Rostwangen-Dickichtsänger Spanish: Mosquitero carirrufo

Abrornis albogularis

F. Moore

, 1854,



Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. a. albogularis (F. Moore, 1854) – E Nepal, NE India (E to Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur), Bhutan and E Bangladesh E to W Myanmar and S China (S Yunnan).
  • A. a. hugonis Deignan, 1938 – N & E Myanmar and NW Thailand.
  • A. a. fulvifacies (Swinhoe, 1870) – S China (Sichuan, S Shaanxi, Hubei and Anhui S to Yao Shan of Guangxi, coastal Guangdong, Fujian, also Hainan), Taiwan, Laos and N & C Vietnam (Tonkin, C Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; c. 4·7–5 g. Tiny, rather slim warbler with rather broad bill. Nominate race has forehead and side of head, including superciliary area, cinnamon-... read more


    Song a repeated very high-pitched, drawn-out plaintive whistle, rendered as e.g. “tititiriiii... read more


    Undergrowth of evergreen forest, especially bamboos, in mountain foothills; also bamboo thickets... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds almost entirely on tiny invertebrates gleaned from foliage. Forages chiefly in understorey; seems hyperactive, restlessly flicking... read more


    Season early Apr to Jun in NE India. Nest constructed by both sexes, a base of bamboo leaves, fibres and rootlets, with cup of felted moss... read more


    Resident; possibly some seasonal altitudinal movement.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common to rare; very localized in several parts of range. Very rare in Nepal, having only recently been rediscovered in Ilam district, in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Madge, S. (2019). Rufous-faced Warbler (Abroscopus albogularis). 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 April 2019).