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Grey-hooded Fulvetta - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Chestnut-backed Fulvetta (fucata); Fujian Fulvetta (guttaticollis)

Grey-hooded Fulvetta
Photo © by china guy
Emei Mountain, Sichuan, China, April 2009
Fulvetta cinereiceps

Alcippe cinereiceps


11-12cm (4¼-4¾ in)
Grey brown back and tail, rufous brown wings, primaries edged white, black and rufous, giving striped effect, grey head and nape, crown grey, white throat with faint streaks, grey belly, yellow iris.


Found in southern China.1
Locally common.


Was formerly considered conspecific with Taiwan Fulvetta and Streak-throated Fulvetta.
Furthermore fucata (Chestnut-backed Fulvetta) and guttaticollis (Fujian Fulvetta) may also be full species.1
Like other Fulvettas this species was formerly placed in Alcippe.1


Clements2 accepts four subspecies:

  • F. c. guttaticollis in south-eastern China (Fujian to Guangdong)
  • F. c. fucata in astern China (Hubei to Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan)
  • F. c. cinereiceps in south-central China (Sichuan to Guizhou)
  • F. c. fessa in central China (Ningxia to Gansu, Shananxi and northern Sichuan)


Broadleaf evergreen forest, also coniferous forest. Found in the undergrowth and in bamboo thickets. From 1400m to 3400m in summer.



Feeds mainly on insects. Takes also small molluscs, some vegetable matter or seeds.
Found in pairs or small parties, foraging actively in manner of a tit.


Breeding season April to June. Nest in China is a neat cup made of leaf skeletons, leaves, grasses and moss and placed in fork of a low bush or dwarf bamboo. Lays 4 - 5 eggs.


All populations are resident.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, 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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