Asian stubtail

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Asian stubtail
Urosphena squameiceps.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cettiidae
Genus: Urosphena
Species: U. squameiceps
Binomial name
Urosphena squameiceps
Swinhoe, 1863

The Asian stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps) is a species of bird in the family Cettiidae. It breeds in Korea, Manchuria and Japan and winters to southern China and northern Southeast Asia. Its natural habitat is temperate forests.


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][3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Breeding Asian stubtails reside in portions of north-eastern Asia; non-breeding in parts of southeast Asia including Taiwan, south-eastern China, Nepal and Philippines, preferring a habitat of undergrowth in evergreen broadleaf or lowland coniferous forest.[4]



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. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Urosphena squameiceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Asian Stubtail" (PDF). bird research. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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  4. ^ "Asian Stubtail (Urosphena squameiceps)". Handbook of the Birds of the World. Retrieved 17 August 2016.