Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-eyed Babbler (Chrysomma sinense)


French: Moupinie aux yeux d’or German: Goldaugen-Grasmücke Spanish: Timalí ojigualdo

[Parus] sinensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Guangdong, China


Geographical variation clinal, from palest in W (race hypoleucum) to darkest in E (nominate), merging through middle of Indian Subcontinent; birds from Nepal appear intermediate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. hypoleucum (Franklin, 1831) – Pakistan (Kohat and Indus Valleys), SW & SC Nepal, and much of India except NE.
  • C. s. nasale (Legge, 1879) – Sri Lanka.
  • C. s. saturatius (Ticehurst, 1922) – NE India from N West Bengal E to Assam and W Arunachal Pradesh (N of R Brahmaputra).
  • C. s. sinense (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NE India (S of R Brahmaputra), E Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand (except S & E), S China (SW, S & SE Yunnan, SW Guizhou, Guangxi, W Guangdong), Laos and Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–23 cm; 20–24 g. Long-tailed babbler, brown above and creamy below, with short black bill having culmen ridge strongly decurved. Nominate race has crown, ear-... read more


    Song consists of variable clear high phrases, “wi-wu-chiu”, “wi-wu’chrieu... read more


    Scrub, secondary growth, thorn-jungle, tamarisks, brushwood, scrub-covered eroded ravines, edges of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Caterpillars, grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and other insects, also spiders (Araneae); also berries (Lantana, Salvadora persica... read more


    Season Mar–Nov in most of range; Nov–Jul (mainly Feb–May) in Sri Lanka. Nest, built by both sexes, described as a small,... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local in Pakistan. Local to fairly common in Nepal, where present in Royal Chitwan National Park. Widespread and locally common in India... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Yellow-eyed Babbler (Chrysomma sinense). 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 25 February 2020).