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Spectacled Fulvetta - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Sichuan, China
Fulvetta ruficapilla

Alcippe ruficapilla


A small (10,5 - 11,5cm) soft-coloured Fulvetta:

  • Brown to greyish-brown crown
  • Blackish lateral crownstripe
  • Broad pale grey supercilium
  • Rufous wings with greyish wing-panel

Confusion possible with Chinese Fulvetta, but the latter has no grey supercilium and a more greyish crown.


Found in China (Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou).
Locally common to uncommon.1


Clements2 accepts two subspecies:

  • F. r. ruficapilla in Central China
  • F. r. sordidior in Southern China

Was formerly considered conspecific with Indochinese Fulvetta.
Formerly placed in the genus Alcippe.


Broadleaf evergreen oak forest, secondary growth, bamboo. Found from 1250m to 2500m.1


Feeds on invertebrates, also on seeds.
Found singly, in pairs or in small groups of up to eight birds.
No information about breeding available.
Resident species.1


Recording by china guy, Sichuan, June 2011


  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, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view

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