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Burmese Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo by martinuk
Kalaw, Shan state, Myanmar, Malaysia, February 2011
Yuhina humilis


A typical Yuhina, measuring 12 - 12.5cm1:

  • Mid-brown crown with grey-brown nape
  • Upperwing and tail soft warm brown
  • Head mid-brown but darker on lores and moustachial line
  • Whitish below with smal dark shaft streaks from chin to breast

Differs from Whiskered Yuhina by grey hindcollar, browner crown and ear-coverts and faint streaking on chin and throat.


Found only in eastern Myanmar and adjacent western Thailand.2
Uncommon in most of its small range.1


Two subspecies are recognized1,2:

  • Y. h. clarki in eastern Myanmar (S Shan State and Karenni State)
  • Y. h. humilis in south-eastern Myanmar and western Thailand

Subspecies clarki has been considered a subspecies of Whiskered Yuhina in the past.


Found in broadleaf evergreen forest, pine forest and oak forest between 1075 and 2275m.1


Usually seen in pairs or small groups, feeding on fruit, nectar and insects.
Breeding season in April in Myanmar and February in Thailand. A reported nest was a sling of moss with a side entrance, sewn along a twig.
Resident species.2


  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, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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