Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Bush-robin (Tarsiger indicus)


French: Robin à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauen-Blauschwanz Spanish: Ruiseñor cejudo

Sylvia indica


, 1817,

Darjeeling, India


Geographically remote race formosanus moderately distinctive, but yunnanensis provides a link (losing the richness of the nominate’s underparts) and vocally all three are very similar#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. i. indicus (Vieillot, 1817) – C & E Himalayas, from N India (Uttarakhand) E to Arunachal Pradesh and S China (SE Xizang).
  • T. i. yunnanensis Rothschild, 1922 – S China (NE Sichuan S to N Yunnan), N Myanmar and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • T. i. formosanus E. J. O. Hartert, 1910 – #Rmountains of Taiwan.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 16 g. Male nominate race has bluish-slate face and forehead to tail, with long white supercilium, sometimes trace of narrow white malar; dull orange from chin... read more


    Song, from small tree, sometimes from ground, a series of identical fast and rapidly following... read more


    Breeds in dense lower bush storey of heavy mixed broadleaf and conifer forest, mainly rhododendron... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mainly on ground, on insects.


    Apr–Jul in India. Territory c. 3 ha (diameter 150–200 m). Nest a cup placed in hollow in bank. Eggs 3–4, white (usually)... read more


    Altitudinal migrant.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally common in E Himalayas; uncommon in China. Rather scarce to rare in Myanmar and N Indochina.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2020). White-browed Bush-robin (Tarsiger indicus). 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 28 February 2020).