Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Fulvetta (Schoeniparus rufogularis)


French: Pseudominla à gorge rousse German: Rotband-Zweigdrossling Spanish: Fulveta gorjirrufa

Minla Rufogularis


, 1873,

the Bhutan Duars


Race collaris may be better lumped within nominate#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. r. rufogularis (Mandelli, 1873) – NE India (Jalpaiguri, in N West Bengal, E to C Arunachal Pradesh) and S Bhutan.
  • S. r. collaris (Walden, 1874) – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to E Meghalaya, S Assam, Nagaland and Manipur) and N Myanmar.
  • S. r. major E. C. S. Baker, 1920 – N Thailand and N & C Laos (except NW).
  • S. r. stevensi Kinnear, 1924 – N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).
  • S. r. kelleyi Bangs & Van Tyne, 1930 – C Annam (Vietnam).
  • S. r. khmerensis Meyer de Schauensee, 1938 – SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
  • Also (race unknown) in S China (S Yunnan) and NW Laos.

    Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm. Small neat babbler with chestnut cap bordered by bold black and white stripes, and chestnut throatband. Nominate race has crown to nape chestnut-brown, black... read more


    Song consists of quite loud, shrill phrases (usually starting with high note), e.g. “wi-chuw-i-... read more


    Primary, logged and secondary broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, second growth, scrub,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Presumably small invertebrates. Found singly or in pairs, or in small parties of up to six or so individuals outside breeding season;... read more


    Mar–Jun in India and Myanmar and Jun–Jul in Laos and Vietnam. Nest a rather loose dome or semi-dome or cup on large base of... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. In Bhutan, known from two slightly unclear records in Royal Manas National Park. Fairly common in Himalayan foothills of India E from N West Bengal,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-throated Fulvetta (Schoeniparus rufogularis). 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 19 April 2019).