Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-headed Tailorbird (Phyllergates heterolaemus)


French: Bouscarle à capuchon German: Rotkopf-Schneidervogel Spanish: Sastrecillo encapuchado

Phyllergates heterolaemus


, 1905,

Mount Apo, Mindanao, Philippines


Formerly treated as conspecific with P. cucullatus. Monotypic.


C & SE Mindanao (mountains of Apo, Busa, Kitanglad, Matutum, Mayo and Puting Bato), in S Philippines.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 6–7 g. A distinctive tailorbird with rufous head and bright yellow lower underparts, relatively long bill slightly decurved towards tip. Has crown and sides of... read more


Song phrases thin and high in pitch, a series of 4–6 notes of varying pitch, first two at... read more


High-elevation forest, and secondary scrub above 1000 m.

Food and feeding

No precise data; diet presumably tiny invertebrates. Forages typically in pairs or in small family parties, within cover. Works its way up... read more


No information.


Resident; some altitudinal movement possible.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Relatively common at most forested sites above 1000 m. Occurs in Mount... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Rufous-headed Tailorbird (Phyllergates heterolaemus). 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 17 February 2019).