Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

White-browed Fulvetta (Fulvetta vinipectus)


French: Fulvetta de Hodgson German: Weißbrauen-Grasmücke Spanish: Fulveta cejiblanca

[Mesia] Siva Vinipectus


, 1837,



Subspecies vary mainly in colour of head side and amount and colour of breast streaking, but race valentinae distinctive, with grey vs brownish (various shades) on crown to mantle (2); stronger chestnut on rump and wings (1); blacker head sides (ns[1]); denser breast streaks (ns[1]); and greyer lower underparts (2); but vocally undifferentiated. Eight subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. v. kangrae Ticehurst & Whistler, 1924 – N India (Himachal Pradesh E to Uttarakhand).
  • F. v. vinipectus (Hodgson, 1837) – White-browed Fulvetta – W & C Nepal and adjacent S China (S Xizang).
  • F. v. chumbiensis Kinnear, 1939 – E Nepal E to Bhutan.
  • F. v. austeni Ogilvie-Grant, 1895 – NE India (Barail Range, in S Assam, and Nagaland) and adjacent N Myanmar (Mt Saramati).
  • F. v. perstriata Mayr, 1941 – extreme NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh), N Myanmar and adjacent S China (NW Yunnan W of R Salween).
  • F. v. bieti (Oustalet, 1892) – S China from W & C Sichuan S to NW (E of R Salween) & NE Yunnan.
  • F. v. ripponi (Harington, 1913) – Chin Hills, in W Myanmar.
  • F. v. valentinae (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – Tonkin Fulvetta – W Tonkin (Fan Si Pan Mts), in N Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·5–12 cm; 9–13 g. Small fulvetta in soft rich browns and ochrous-buffs with (usually) pale eye in dark mask and bold white supercilium. Nominate race has... read more


    Song types of race ripponi include a thin, sibilant, high-pitched, quite quickly repeated... read more


    High-elevation low scrub, juniper, dwarf willow (Salix), birch (Betula), stunted... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet almost exclusively insects during breeding season, caterpillars a favourite; also berries and small seeds at other seasons. Found in... read more


    Season Apr–Jul in Indian Subcontinent and Mar–May in Myanmar; May–Jun in China, but Apr–May in Xizang. Nest rather... read more


    Resident; some altitudinal movement.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in Nepal, including in Langtang National Park, with significant population in Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Common to abundant in Bhutan... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). White-browed Fulvetta (Fulvetta vinipectus). 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).