Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-vented Yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis)


French: Yuhina à ventre roux German: Rotsteißyuhina Spanish: Yuhina ventrirrufa

Yuhina Occipitales

[sic] Hodgson

, 1836,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Y. o. occipitalis Hodgson, 1836 – C & E Nepal and Bhutan E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent SW China (S & SE Xizang).
  • Y. o. obscurior Rothschild, 1921 – N Myanmar and S China (NW, N & C Yunnan, SW Sichuan).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–14 cm; 10–16 g. Fairly large greyish-brown yuhina with rufous nape and vent, prominent crest, slightly forked tail. Nominate race has side of forehead pale... read more


    Song a simple, weak, rather high-pitched “swi’si’si su’su’su swi... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, particularly oak-rhododendron forest. In Indian Subcontinent and Xizang... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly insects in summer. Partial to visiting rhododendron blossoms in search of nectar and probably insects; berries eaten in winter, in... read more


    Apr–Jun in Indian Subcontinent. One nest a cup of moss and leaves, lined with fine roots, built into large lump of moss (which formed... read more


    Resident; some altitudinal displacement to lower levels in winter.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in Nepal, including in Langtang National Park. Common in Bhutan, and present in Thrumshingla National Park. In India, locally fairly common to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-vented Yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis). 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 16 September 2019).