Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Tarim Hill-warbler (Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris)


French: Rhopophile du Tarim German: Tarimgrasmücke Spanish: Timalí del Tarim
Other common names: Tarim Babbler

Suya albosuperciliaris

A. O. Hume

, 1871,

#R, Koshtak, Yarkand plains, Xinjiang


Until recently considered conspecific with R. pekinensis, but review#R revealed that it differs in its dark brown vs whitish irides (3); more weakly streaked crown (2); flanks weakly streaked apricot-buff on off-white vs boldly streaked rufous on white (3); greyer cast to crown and tail (ns[1]); larger size (effect size for wing 2.97; score 2); differences in voice (allowed 3#R); drier, more desert-like habitat (1). Monotypic.

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NW China from Tarim Basin to Lop Nur (Xinjiang).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm. Small passerine resembling a cisticolid warbler, with graduated tail very long (half of bird’s total length), plumage very pale greyish buff with heavy dark streaks... read more


Not adequately documented. Both this species and R. pekinensis appear to have a number of... read more


Largely a desert species inhabiting areas of mature tamarisks (Tamarix) and dense... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates. Behaviour not well known; probably differs little from that of R. pekinensis.... read more


Season apparently May. No other information. Details of nest and eggs considered unlikely to differ significantly from those pertaining to... read more


Presumed resident, perhaps with some winter movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). This poorly known species appears to be uncommon within its reasonably large range. There are no definite data on its population... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Tarim Hill-warbler (Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris). 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 26 February 2020).