Chestnut-headed tesia

The chestnut-headed tesia (Cettia castaneocoronata) is a small insectivorous songbird formerly of the "Old World warbler" family but nowadays placed in the bush warbler family (Cettiidae).

Chestnut-headed tesia
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cettiidae
Genus: Cettia
C. castaneocoronata
Binomial name
Cettia castaneocoronata
(Burton, 1836)

Tesia castaneocoronata
Oligura castaneicoronata (lapsus)[verification needed]
Oligura castaneocoronata

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

The chestnut-headed tesia was formally described by the English army officer and zoologist Edward Burton in 1836 under the binomial name Sylvia castaneocoronata.[2] The specific epithet combines the Latin castaneus meaning "chestnut-coloured" and coronatus meaning "crowned".[3] Formerly placed in the genus Tesia, a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2011 found that the chestnut-headed tesia was embedded in a clade containing members of the genus Cettia.[4][5]

Three subspecies are recognised:[5]

  • C. c. castaneocoronata (Burton, 1836) – Himalayas and northeast India to south China and north Laos
  • C. c. abadiei (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – north Vietnam
  • C. c. ripleyi (Deignan, 1951) – Yunnan (south China)


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Cettia castaneocoronata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22714347A94413039. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22714347A94413039.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Burton, Edward (1835). "Sylvia castaneocoronata". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Part 3: 152–153. Although bearing the year 1835 on the title page, the volume did not appear until 1836.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Alström, P.; Höhna, S.; Gelang, M.; Ericson, P.G.; Olsson, U. (2011). "Non-monophyly and intricate morphological evolution within the avian family Cettiidae revealed by multilocus analysis of a taxonomically densely sampled dataset". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 11 (1): 352. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-352. PMC 3261208. PMID 22142197.
  5. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (2020). "Cupwings, crombecs, bush warblers, Streaked Scrub Warbler, yellow flycatchers, hylias". IOC World Bird List Version 10.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 12 June 2020.

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