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Indochinese Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Bach Ma,Vietnam, February 2007

Alternative names: Chestnut-collared Yuhina, Collared Yuhina

Staphida torqueola

Yuhina torqueola


With 13 - 15cm a typical Yuhina:

  • Short grey crest
  • Dark brown ear-coverts
  • Strongly graduated tail with broadly white-tipped outher feathers


Found in northern Thailand, southern China (including Hong Kong), Laos and Vietnam.
Fairly common in parts of its range.1


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Striated Yuhina.
Sometimes also placed in the genus Staphida.1


Found in the middle storey, scrub and undergrowth of broadleaf evergreen forest or secondary forest.


Feeds mainly on insects. Takes also seeds and nectar.
Gregarious and usually seen in big groups of 20 - 30 birds, often associating with other species. These groups move very quickly and noisily through the trees.
Breeding season mainly from April to June. Partly a social breeder, nest a deep cup made mainly of moss. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.
Resident species.


  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, 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/
  3. Collar, N. J. 2006. A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22: 85-112.

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