Black-faced Warbler Abroscopus schisticeps
Black-faced Warbler, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan
April 2008

The Black-faced Warbler from Nepal and northern India through Bhutan and into southern China, northern Myanmar and north-west Vietnam. It is found in sub-tropical briad-leaved forest and is often associated with bamboo. It is normally found between 1,400 and 2,400 metres.

Black-faced  Warbler, Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image It's most noteable features are the yellow supercilium and throat separated by a black mask. The sub-species flavimentalis found in Bhutan has greyish underparts below the yellow throat while the nominate sub-species has a yellow breast and flanks and whiter belly. Note also the lack of wing-bars.

The Abroscopus warblers are similar to Seicercus warblers but tend to be smaller and more delicate with different plumage patterns. They are usually found at higher levels in the forest than Seicercus warblers.
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