Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Schoeniparus dubius)


French: Pseudominla à calotte rouille German: Braunkappen-Zweigdrossling Spanish: Fulveta coronirrufa

Proparus dubius

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

“outskirts of the Pine forests above the Salween”, Salween district, Tenasserim, Myanmar


See comments under S. brunneus. Birds observed in C Laos have not been assigned to race. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. d. mandellii (Godwin-Austen, 1876) – Bhutan, NE Indian hill states and W Myanmar.
  • S. d. intermedius Rippon, 1900 – NE & E Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan W of R Salween).
  • S. d. genestieri (Oustalet, 1897) – S China (Yunnan E of R Salween E to SW Sichuan, W Hunan and W Guangxi), N Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
  • S. d. cui (J. C. Eames, 2002) – SE Laos and C Vietnam (C Annam).
  • S. d. dubius (A. O. Hume, 1874) – SE Myanmar (S to N Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 14–22 g. Smallish fulvetta, brown above and buffy below, with rusty-rufous forehead and bold black and white lines on crown side. Nominate race has... read more


    Songs include short, sweet, breathy, fluty warble of distinct notes, e.g. “chu-chi-chiu... read more


    Broadleaf forest, dense bushes, bracken, brambles and grassy undergrowth in light forest or forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera); also grass seeds, including Polygonum and Rhus. Found in small parties... read more


    Apr–Jun in India and China and Feb–Jun in SE Asia. Nest, built by both sexes, a loose oval or dome-shaped structure, with... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare in Bhutan, only one record. Locally common in NE India, although few records from Arunachal Pradesh, but present in and/or near Eaglenest... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Schoeniparus dubius). 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 25 April 2019).