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White-naped Yuhina - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Baker's Yuhina; Chestnut-headed Yuhina

Photo by BIJ
Dulongjiang valley, West Yunnan, China, February 2016
Yuhina bakeri


With 12 - 13.5 cm (4¾-5¼ in) a typical Yuhina with a restricted range1:

  • Rufescent brown head
  • White nape and throat
  • Stout bill
  • Silvery streaked ear-coverts
  • Strong crest

Sexes are similar, juveniles have browner mantles and less distinct streaks


Photo by peterday
Bhutan, April 2010

Found in the Eastern Himalayas from eastern Nepal to Bhutan, north-eastern India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam) and in northern Myanmar and adjacent China (south-eastern Xizang, north-western Yunnan).
Locally fairly common (Bhutan, Sikkim, China) or uncommon (Nepal).1


This is a monotypic species<.2


Primary and secondary broadleaf evergreen forest from 300 up to 3300m.1



Feeds on insects and berries, foraging in treetops and bushes. Usually seen in groups of 5 to 10 birds, sometimes up to 30. Associates with other species and sometimes seen with Whiskered Yuhinas and Nepal Fulvettas.


Breeding season from April to July. The nest is a cup or dome-shaped structure mainly made of moss and placed low down in a bush or against a moss-covered tree trunk. Lays 3 - 4 white eggs.


Resident species with some altitudinal movement.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. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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