Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Hoary-throated Barwing (Sibia nipalensis)


Taxonomy

French: Actinodure du Népal German: Nepalmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia nepalesa
Taxonomy:

Cinclosoma? Nipalensis

Hodgson

, 1836,

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

.

Sometimes considered conspecific with S. waldeni. Apparent hybrids with latter (of race daflaensis) found in NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh); also suggested that race daflaensis belongs within present species#R. Birds from E Nepal E to Bhutan described as race vinctura, but inseparable from birds elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (extreme W Arunachal Pradesh), and adjacent China (S Xizang).

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 39–48 g. Medium-sized babbler with strikingly long crown feathers creating floppy crest, tight neat black-and-tan barring on wings and tail, and plain buffy... read more

Voice

Songs include a clear, slightly quavering “wiu-iu” or “wiu-uu”, also described as groups of low-... read more

Habitat

Oak forest and mixed oak, conifer and rhododendron forest with plenty of undergrowth, including... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars and other insects, also gastropods; also berries, seeds, flowers, including those of rhododendron... read more

Breeding

Apr–Jun; territories occupied and singing heard in Bhutan in Apr–Aug. Only described nest was a rather small neat compact cup,... read more

Movements

Resident; some apparent minor movements to lower elevations during harsh winter weather at higher... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Himalayas EBA and Eastern Himalayas EBA. Fairly common in Nepal. Bhutan probably holds important... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Hoary-throated Barwing (Sibia nipalensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/59668 on 24 October 2017).