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Pale-footed bush warbler

Binomial name: Urosphena pallidipes, William Thomas Blanford, 1872

The pale-footed bush warbler (Urosphena pallidipes) is a species of warbler in the family Cettiidae, found in South Asia.

It is known as Oriental bird. There are three subspecies of pale-footed bush warbler; pallidipes, osmastoni and laurentei. The pale-footed bush warbler is found in the Himalayan region west from Deharadum through the foothills of Nepal to the Northeast India. This species is further found in Myanmar, Laos, northern Vietnam and southern China.

Ecology and Behavior

The pale-footed bush warbler is extremely shy and is a great skulker, meaning it is very difficult to see even during the breeding season. This species breeds from May to July. The bird is usually found either by itself or in pairs in low bushes and grass clumps. It is also known as lowland species. It likes to stay close to ground; thus, it flies less than a meter high above ground. It moves through grass reeds keeping it low, staying mostly out of sight. It feeds on the lower half of grass reeds. The pale-footed bush warbler has a loud song. Because pale-footed bush warbler stays low part of its habitat, its song and call is easier to be heard than to be seen. This species remains mostly silent during winter but its call and song can be easily heard during spring. Its explosive song is the best way to signal its species.


The pale-footed bush warbler usually associates with Themeda grasslands. The habitat and altitudinal limit for pale-footed bush warbler slightly vary from place to place. For example, in Thailand, its habitat is known as grassland and scrub from foothills up to 1800 m. In China, its habitat is known as woodland up to 1525 m.

Status and Distribution in Nepal

The pale-footed bush warbler is a resident bird for Nepal. It is mostly found in Chitwan. This species as well as other species of the birds in Nepal are threatened due to habitat loss and population decline in Nepal.

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Scientific classification

Urosphena pallidipes

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Pale-footed bush warbler, Urosphena pallidipes in Thailand
Range map of Urosphena pallidipes in Thailand