Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Bush-robin (Tarsiger indicus)


Taxonomy

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

Sylvia indica

Vieillot

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58470 on 23 October 2018).