Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Fulvetta (Fulvetta formosana)


French: Fulvetta de Taiwan German: Taiwangrasmücke Spanish: Fulveta de Formosa

Proparus formosanus


, 1906,

Mount Morrison, central Taiwan


Formerly treated as conspecific with F. cinereiceps and F. manipurensis. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

12 cm; mean 10 g. Has crown to back milky grey-brown, soft-edged but broad mid-brown lateral crownstripes continuing onto mantle; lower back and rump pale rufous, upperwing... read more


Song “ti tuuu”, first note rising, second descending, typically repeated every 3–... read more


Undergrowth and bamboo understorey of coniferous forest, underbrush of deciduous forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds found in stomachs. Forages in pairs or small groups, on or just above the ground; sometimes rather mouse-like.


May–Jul. Clutch 2 eggs. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Fairly common to common. In Yushan National Park, recorded densities of 1·99 birds/ha in grassland, 9·15/ha in pine woodland, 9·42/ha in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Taiwan Fulvetta (Fulvetta formosana). 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 17 February 2020).