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Brown-throated Fulvetta - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Ayuwat J
Sela, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Alternative name: Ludlow's Fulvetta; Brown-headed Fulvetta; Himalayan Brown-headed Tit-babbler

Fulvetta ludlowi

Alcippe ludlowi


A dark Fulvetta, 11.5cm, resembling White-browed Fulvetta3:

  • Dark eyes
  • Dark vinous-brown on mantle, crown and cheeks
  • No supercilium
  • Chestnut-streaks on white throat and upper breast

Juveniles are paler.


Photo by tony.saw
near Mayodia Pass, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Found in E Bhutan, NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), adjacent Tibet and N Burma.
Restricted-range species, but fairly common in part of it's range. Present in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.1


Monotypic.1, 2
Sometimes considered conspecific with Streak-throated Fulvetta.3
Like other Fulvettas this species was formerly placed in Alcippe and Clements now places it there again.1


Found in low bushes and bamboo in rhododendron forest. In India from 2450m to 3200m in summer, in Bhutan from 3000m to 4000m.1


Feeds probably on invertebrates and vegetable matter, but no data available.
Usually seen in small groups or pairs, often in mixed flocks with other species.
Breeding season in Bhutan probably from May to September. No other information available.
Resident with some altitudinal movement.1


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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