Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Fulvetta (Schoeniparus castaneceps)


French: Pseudominla à tête marron German: Kastanienzweigdrossling Spanish: Fulveta alirrufa

[Minla] Castaneceps


, 1837,



Formerly treated as conspecific with closely related S. klossi. Birds of this species in far E Myanmar, NW Laos and C & S Yunnan (China) have not yet been assigned to race. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. c. castaneceps (Hodgson, 1837) – Nepal E to Bhutan and all NE Indian hill states, S China (SE Xizang, W & NW Yunnan), N, W, E & SE Myanmar and NW & W Thailand.
  • S. c. exul (Delacour, 1932) – N Thailand, N & C Laos, N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam) and S China (S & SE Yunnan E to W Guangxi#R).
  • S. c. stepanyani (J. C. Eames, 2002) – SE Laos and C Vietnam.
  • S. c. soror (Sharpe, 1887) – Peninsular Malaysia.
  • Descriptive notes

    10–13 cm; 8–12 g. Very small olive-brown and whitish babbler with pale-streaked dark chestnut crown, black-and-white face, and black and chestnut panels in wing.... read more


    Song a relatively rich but high-pitched, tinkling, undulating and slightly descending series of 4... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary forest, forest edge, bamboo, abandoned clearings; in C Laos... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; occasionally tree sap. Found in large flocks, typically of 20–40 individuals, but up to 70 outside breeding season;... read more


    Apr–Jul in Indian Subcontinent and Xizang, and Jan–Jun in SE Asia. Nest, built by both sexes, a dome made of green moss, dry... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in C & E Nepal. Common in Bhutan, but scarce in W valleys. Locally common from Sikkim E to NE India, where present in Buxa Tiger Reserve (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-winged Fulvetta (Schoeniparus castaneceps). 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 8 December 2019).