Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Fulvetta (Fulvetta ruficapilla)


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

Siva ruficapilla

J. P. Verreaux

, 1871,

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


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


    No information available.


    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


    No information.



    Status and conservation

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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). 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 on 22 February 2020).