Asian stubtail

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Asian stubtail
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cettiidae
Genus: Urosphena
U. squameiceps
Binomial name
Urosphena squameiceps

The Asian stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps) is a bird in the family Cettiidae. The species was first described by Robert Swinhoe in 1863. It breeds in Korea, Manchuria and Japan and winters to southern China and northern Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is temperate forest.


It is a small bird with a short tail. Males and females are similar in color, as well as juveniles after fledging; they are brown all over with a paler underpart and a darker brown crest and eyeline.[2][1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Breeding Asian stubtails reside in portions of northeastern Asia; non-breeding in parts of southeast Asia including Taiwan, southeastern China, Nepal and Philippines, preferring a habitat of undergrowth in evergreen broadleaf or lowland coniferous forest.[3]



Breeding males produce a high-pitched "shee-shee-shee-shee" or "cee-cee-cee", while both males and females make a call similar to "chott-chott-chott".


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Urosphena squameiceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22714368A94414311. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22714368A94414311.en. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Asian Stubtail" (PDF). bird research. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps)". Handbook of the Birds of the World. Retrieved 17 August 2016.