Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Fulvetta (Fulvetta ruficapilla)


Taxonomy

French: Fulvetta de Verreaux German: Rostscheitel-Grasmücke Spanish: Fulveta de Verreaux
Taxonomy:

Siva ruficapilla

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

#R, “les montagnes du Thibet chinois” = western Sichuan, China

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Formerly treated as conspecific with F. danisi. Birds recorded in S China (Yunnan and Guizhou) probably belong in present species on basis of range, but not yet compared with type of F. danisi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. r. ruficapilla (J. P. Verreaux, 1871) – C China (S Gansu and S Shaanxi S to SC & NE Sichuan).
  • F. r. sordidior (Rippon, 1903) – S China (W & C Yunnan E to SW Sichuan and W Guizhou).
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–11 cm; 8–10 g. Small, soft-coloured fulvetta. Nominate race has forehead mid-grey, shading to dull vinous-rufous on crown, becoming pinkish-grey on... read more

    Voice

    No information available.

    Habitat

    Broadleaf evergreen oak forest, dense secondary scrub-jungle and brambles, at 1250–2500 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including grubs, scaly-winged insects; also seeds. Found singly or in pairs, also in parties of up to ten or more... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Uncommon to locally common; range appears to be considerable.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Spectacled Fulvetta (Fulvetta ruficapilla). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59398 on 19 January 2019).