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Rufous-vented Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Slaty-headed Yuhina

Subspecies obsurior
Photo by Iqx
Yunnan, China, October 2004
Yuhina occipitalis


Subspecies occipitalis
Photo by firozhussain
Eagles Nest, Arunachal pradesh, April 2017

With 12-14 cm (4¾-5½ in) a rather large Yuhina1:

  • Prominent crest, crown feathers dark greyish-brown, rear side crown feathers rufous-chestnut
  • Ear-coverts and nape grey
  • Blackish sub-moustachial streak
  • Mantle and back mid-brown
  • Rump pale olive brown
  • Slightly forked tail dark brown

Sexes similar, juveniles duller.

Similar Species

Confusion possible with Stripe-throated Yuhina, but colour of crest, submoustachial stripe, unstreaked throat and wings are distinctive.


Occurs in the Himalayas from Central Nepal east to Bhutan and north-eastern India. Also in northern Myanmar and southern China (south-western Sichuan and north-western and central Yunnan).

Common in most of its range.



There are 2 subspecies[2]


Mainly in oak-rhododendron forest but also other types of broadleaf evergreen forest. In summer from 2200m to 3600m, in winter lower.1


Outside breeding season found in groups of up to 15 birds, often together with other species in bird-waves, eg. Stripe-throated Yuhina.


Feeds on insects, sometimes nectar. In winter takes also berries.


Breeding season from April to June. Different types of nest are known, eg a cup of moss, placed in a tree fork (about 1m high). Lays 2 or more eggs.


Resident with altitudinal movements.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, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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