Alcippe (bird)

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Alcippe fulvettas
Mountain fulvetta (Alcippe peracensis)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Superfamily: Sylvioidea
Family: Alcippeidae
Genus: Alcippe
Blyth, 1844
Type species
Alcippe poioicephala

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Alcippe is a genus of passerine birds in the monotypic family Alcippeidae. The genus once included many other fulvettas and was previously placed in families Pellorneidae or Timaliidae.


The genus Alcippe previously included many of the fulvettas, but recent taxonomy has seen the group progressively redefined. The Fulvetta fulvettas are now placed in family Paradoxornithidae, the bush blackcap in the genus Sylvia in the family Sylviidae, and, in the most recent revision, a group of seven species were transferred to the new genus Schoeniparus in family Pellorneidae. With the rearrangement of the species there are now birds with the common name "fulvetta" in three families: in the genera Lioparus and Fulvetta in Paradoxornithidae,[1] Schoeniparus in Pellorneidae, and Alcippe in Alcippeidae.[2]

The family Alcippeidae is sister to the family Leiothrichidae containing the laughingthrushes.[3]

Pycnonotidae – bulbuls (160 species)

Sylviidae – sylviid babblers (34 species)

Paradoxornithidae – parrotbills and myzornis (37 species)

Zosteropidae – white-eyes (146 species)

Timaliidae – tree babblers (57 species)

Pellorneidae – ground babblers (65 species)

Alcippeidae – Alcippe fulvettas (10 species)

Leiothrichidae – laughingthrushes and allies (133 species)

Phylogeny based on a study of the babblers by Cai and colleagues published in 2019.[2][3]

The genus contains the following ten species:[2]

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Brown fulvetta Alcippe brunneicauda Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
Brown-cheeked fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala Bangladesh, India and Southeast Asia.
Javan fulvetta Alcippe pyrrhoptera Indonesia.
Mountain fulvetta Alcippe peracensis Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam
Black-browed fulvetta Alcippe grotei Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Grey-cheeked fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia Taiwan.
David's fulvetta Alcippe davidi southern China and northern Vietnam.
Yunnan fulvetta Alcippe fratercula southern China, southeastern Myanmar and northern Indochina.
Huet's fulvetta Alcippe hueti southeast China.
Nepal fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Taiwan.


  1. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (January 2021). "Sylviid babblers, parrotbills, white-eyes". IOC World Bird List Version 11.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (January 2021). "Babblers, scimitar babblers, ground babblers, Alcippe fulvettas". IOC World Bird List Version 11.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b Cai, T.; Cibois, A.; Alström, P.; Moyle, R.G.; Kennedy, J.D.; Shao, S.; Zhang, R.; Irestedt, M.; Ericson, P.G.P.; Gelang, M.; Qu, Y.; Lei, F.; Fjeldså, J. (2019). "Near-complete phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the world's babblers (Aves: Passeriformes)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 130: 346–356. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.10.010. PMID 30321696.
  • Collar, N. J. & Robson C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.