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Black-chinned Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Ayuwat J
Location: Lama Camp, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Alternative name: Pale Yuhina

Yuhina nigrimenta


With 9 - 10cm the smallest of the Yuhinas1:

  • Greenish grey-brown above
  • Buffy below
  • Blackish face
  • Crest grey with broad blackish centres
  • Grey head
  • Red, narrow bill

Sexes similar
Juveniles have shorter crest and upperparts, edges of wing and tail browner.


Patchily distributed from the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Bhutan) to the east over northeastern India to northern Myanmar, southeastern and southern China, Laos, Vietnam and eastern Cambodia.1
Common in parts of its range, scarce in others.1


This is a monotypic species2:


Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, overgrown clearings. Usually between 200 and 2000m, in some places up to 2500m.1


Forages in canopy and low bushes, sometimes also in grass and bushes, often in flocks of up to 20 birds and in bird-waves with other species.


Feeds on insects and their larvae. Takes also berries, seeds and flower nectar. Known to ingest grit (eg. quartz).


Breeding season differs through range, eg. from March to July in India. The nest is a cradle or basket made with moss and other material, hanging from under a branch or attached on bamboo. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.
Resident species.1


  1. del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D.A. eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-96553-42-6
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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