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Alternative names: Golden-breasted Tit-babbler; Himalayan Golden-breasted Tit-babbler; Golden Fulvetta, Golden Tit-babbler

Photo by china guy
Wolong, Sichuan, China, February 2010
Lioparus chrysotis

Alcippe chrysotis


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

  • Grey above
  • Black head with silvery ear-coverts
  • Black wings with yellow to orange-yellow slashes
  • Orange-yellow underparts

Juveniles have a yellowish throat.

Similar Species

This species could be confused wiith Silver-eared Mesia which is much larger and has much more clear-cut head pattern.

Photo by Ayuwat J
Eaglenest Pass, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India


Patchily distributed in the mountains of SE Asia. Found in the Himalayas from C Nepal east over Bhutan and India and in adjacent S Tibet. Also in the NE Indian Hill States (Assam, Nagaland, Manipur). Also found in N Myanmar, N and C Vietnam and S and SC China (Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi, Guangxi, Hunan and Guangdong).
Common in parts of its range.1


Formerly placed in the genus Alcippe.


Six subspecies are recognized1,2:


Found in dense undergrowth in temperate forest between 2000 and 3000m in the Himalayas and 1100 and 2500m in China.1


Usually seen in pairs or groups of 20 to 30 birds, sometimes more. Often hangs upside-down like a Tit.


Feeds on insects, small berries and seeds. Forages low in thickets.


Breeding season from May to June in India, April to June in Myanmar and China. The nest is a deep cup, constructed by both sexes and made of dry bamboo leaves, dry grasses, stalks and moss. It's placed in bamboo clump or a bush, 0,4 to 1m above the ground. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.


Resident species with some local altitudinal movements.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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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