Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Striated Yuhina (Yuhina castaniceps)


French: Yuhina à tête marron German: Rotohryuhina Spanish: Yuhina estriada

Ixulus castaniceps

F. Moore

, 1854,

Afghanistan; error = Khasi Hills, Assam, India


Sometimes placed in genus Staphida, as in HBW, but genetic data are contradictory on this matter#R#R. Formerly treated as conspecific with Y. torqueola and, normally, Y. everetti. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Y. c. rufigenis (A. O. Hume, 1877) – Sikkim and Darjeeling (N West Bengal) E to Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh).
  • Y. c. plumbeiceps (Godwin-Austen, 1877) – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to Nagaland), N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
  • Y. c. castaniceps (F. Moore, 1854) – NE Indian hill states (W & S of Nagaland), SE Bangladesh (Chittagong Hills, Keokradong#R) and W & SW Myanmar.
  • Y. c. striata (Blyth, 1859) – E & S Myanmar (including Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 10–17 g. Small, dull yuhina with short crest, brown above, off-white below, with white-streaked rufous-tan ear-coverts; graduated tail. Nominate race... read more


    Song a simple series of high-pitched shrill “tchu”, “tchi” or “tchi-chi” notes. Flock-members utter... read more


    Middle storey, scrub and undergrowth of broadleaf evergreen forest, shrubby undergrowth in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects (and often visits aphid-infested trees); also seeds, e.g. of the bamboo Dendrocalamus longispathus, and nectar.... read more


    Apr–Jul in India, Mar–Jun in Myanmar and Jan–Mar in Thailand. Nest a compact, more or less stiff, deep cup made of moss,... read more


    Resident; some evidence suggesting seasonal altitudinal displacements, but none proven.

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Fairly common in Himalayan foothills, but not very common in Bhutan, where occasionally recorded in C & E valleys and foothills, and present in Thrumshingla... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Striated Yuhina (Yuhina castaniceps). 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).