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Chestnut-headed tesia

Cettia castaneocoronata, E. Burton, 1836

(In Thai: นกจุนจู๋หัวสีตาล)

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).

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. The specific epithet combines the Latin castaneus meaning "chestnut-coloured" and coronatus meaning "crowned". 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.

Three subspecies are recognised:

  • 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)

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Cettia castaneocoronata

Common names

  • Thai: นกจุนจู๋หัวสีตาล

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Chestnut-headed tesia, Cettia castaneocoronata in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Khun Chae National Park
Range map of Cettia castaneocoronata in Thailand