Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Timor Stubtail (Urosphena subulata)


French: Bouscarle de Timor German: Timorstutzschwanz Spanish: Buscarla colicorta de Timor

Orthnocichla subulata


, 1884,



Originally considered to include Tesia everetti as a race. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • U. s. subulata (Sharpe, 1884) – Timor in E Lesser Sundas.
  • U. s. advena (E. J. O. Hartert, 1906) – Babar I (E of Timor).
  • Unknown races on the islands of Wetar, Atauro, Roti#R, Alor#R and Romang#R.

    Descriptive notes

    10 cm. Small, almost tailless, long-legged, ground-loving warbler. Nominate race has entire upperparts plain olive-brown, long and fairly broad white supercilium, equally... read more


    Only documented vocalization is a very thin, almost inaudible, high-pitched and slightly rising... read more


    Primary and secondary monsoon forest and dry evergreen forest, also grass-covered and scrub-covered... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food not documented; presumably invertebrates and their larvae. Usually alone, but secretive and unobtrusive, and difficult to locate.... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA and Banda Sea Islands EBA. Common in remaining patches of forest on Timor... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2019). Timor Stubtail (Urosphena subulata). 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 23 February 2019).