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Striated Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: White-browed Yuhina; Chestnut-headed Yuhina

Photo by robby thai
Chong Yen Mae Wong National Park, Thailand, March 2016
Staphida castaniceps

Yuhina castaniceps


With 13 - 15cm (5-6 in) a typical Yuhina with very variable subspecies and colour variations within subspecies:

  • Short crest (rufous in nominate, grey in other subspecies)
  • Chestnut ear-coverts
  • Strongly graduated tail with broadly white-tipped outher feathers

Similar Species

Chestnut-crested Yuhina is similar to nominate, but ranges don't overlap.


Found from the Eastern Himalayas (Sikkim) east over Bhutan to north-eastern India, Myanmar, south-eastern Bangladesh and southern China (Yunnan).
Fairly common in parts of its range.1


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 4 subspecies.
Indochinese Yuhina was formerly considerd conspecific. Also considered conspecific with Chestnut-crested Yuhina.
All three (or two) species are also placed in the genus Staphida.1


  • S. c. rufigenis
  • Northeastern India (Darjiling and Sikkim)
  • S. c. plumbeiceps
  • S. c. striata
  • Mountains of eastern Myanmar to northwestern Thailand
  • S. c. castaniceps
  • Southern Assam to southwestern Myanmar (Chin Hills and Arakan Yoma Mountains)


Found in the middle storey, scrub and undergrowth of broadleaf evergreen forest or secondary forest. In India from 300 to 1590m, in China from 350 to 2200m.1


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.


Feeds mainly on insects. Takes also seeds and nectar.


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 with some irruptive movement in China and suggested altitudinal movement in the Himalayas.1


  1. del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D.A. eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-96553-42-6
  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/

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