Davids Fulvetta (Alcippe davidi)

Davids Fulvetta

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Pellorneidae | [latin] Alcippe davidi | [UK] Davids Fulvetta | [FR] Moucherolle a bavette blanche | [DE] Davidalcippe | [ES] | [NL]


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Alcippe davidi OR sc, s China to nw Vietnam
Alcippe davidi davidi
Alcippe davidi schaefferi

Physical charateristics

This 15 cm long bird has a grey head with a white eye ring and long black eye stripe running from the bill down the sides of the neck.The upperparts are olive and the underparts are yellow.

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size min.: 14 cm size max.: 15 cm
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broods: 2   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


Oriental Region : Southcentral, South China to Northwest Vietnam


Broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary forest, bamboo and scrub. Found from 200m to 3050 in China, 600m to 3000m in Taiwan and 600m to 2565 in SE Asia.


Breeding season from March to July in China, April to August in Taiwa, February to July in SE Asia. The nest is a compact strong cup made of bark, leaf skeletons, moss and spider web. It’s placed in a low bush, some 0.2m to 2m above the ground. Lays 2 – 4 eggs. Multibrooded.

Feeding habits

Feeds on small insects, seeds and berries. Often in noisy groups, sometimes in mixed flocks together with other species. Often mobs raptors and owls.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 120,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
A recent proposal to genetic evidence requiring the break-up of the huge “babbler assemblage” has led to a tentative adoption of a five family solution (more below). One of the proposed new families is the Pellorneidae, which combines a revised fulvetta genus Alcippe with many of Asia’s ground-babblers. Together there are tentatively 70 species in 18 genera
Davids Fulvetta status Least Concern


Resident, some movement in winter possible. Recorded in Hong Kong only in winter.

Distribution map

Davids Fulvetta distribution range map

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