Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
Scientific name: Alcippe poioicephala, Jerdon, 1844
IUCN Red list status- Least Concern
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Brown Cheeked Fulvetta is also known as Quaker Babbler
Brown cheeked fulvetta is 15 cm long and weight 13-16 gms. It is brown above and buff, with no patterning on the body or wings. The crown and nape is grey, and the cheeks are dark. They have short dark bills. Both sex looks similar.
Their food is mainly insects and nectar. The forage time is mainly day and it is done solitarily or in pairs.
The main habitat of Brown Cheeked Fulvetta is dense undergrowth, evergreen and moist deciduous forests. They prefer dense vegetation and it is very difficult to observe the bird. In India they are distributed in peninsular region and North East States. They are also found in Bangladesh and Myanmar
Breeding time is from January to June with a peak in February. The nest is a cup, built with green moss, rootlets, lichen, leaves and grass lined with rootlets and placed in a fork or suspended from the twigs. Sometimes it will be concealed in dense masses of foliage. Normally 2-3 eggs are laid. The incubation period is 8-12 days. Parental duties are shared by both parents.
They are very vocal birds and their call indicates its presence. Call is a sweet “swee-swee-swee” and sometimes a harsh “cher-cher-cher”
Related Species and Sub Species
- Spectacled fulvetta(Fulvetta ruficapilla)
- Chinese fulvetta( Fulvetta striaticollis)
- White Browed fulvetta( Fulvetta vinipectus)
- Grey Hooded fulvetta( Fulvetta cinereiceps)
- Manipur fulvetta( Fulvetta manipurensis)
- Brown Throated fulvetta( Fulvetta ludlowi)
Non Migratory, Common Resident