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Whiskered Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Photo by sAwnOirOychAng
Doi Lang Chiengmai, Thailand, May 2006

Alternative name: Yellow-naped Yuhina

Yuhina flavicollis


With 12 - 12.5 cm a medium-sized Yuhina1:

  • Grey head and crest
  • Golden-yellow hindcollar
  • Black moustache
  • Yellowish-white underside.

The subspecies differ in colour, eg. albicollis has an whitish hindcollar. The similar Burmese Yuhina has a grey hindcollar.


Found in the Himalayas from N India (Himachal Pradesh) to the east (Nepal, Bhutan) to NE India, adjacent S China (Xizang, Yunnan) and south to Myanmar, NE Thailand, Laos and N Vietnam. Common to abundant in part of its range. In Bhutan one of the most common birds in broadleaf forest in temperate zone.1


Five subspecies are recognized2:

Burmese Yuhina has been included in this species in the past. 1


Found in broadleaf evergreen forest, oak forest, open deciduous forest or secondary growth. Usually in the bush layer and lower storeys. In India between 1435 - 1980m (down to 500m in winter), in China between 1500 - 3050m.1


Feeds on insects, larvae, snails, also flower nectar, berries and seeds.
Outside breeding season found in small flocks of 5 to 10 birds, sometimes in mixed flocks with other Babblers. Behaviour reminds of that of a Tit.
Breeding season from April to June. The nest is a cup made of moss, suspended between twigs or placed among moss on a branch, usually not higher than 2m above ground. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.
Resident species with some altitudinal movement.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 James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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