French: Léioptile à dos marron German: Rotrückensibia Spanish: Sibia dorsirrufa
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Subspecies and Distribution
L. a. annectens
Blyth, 1847 – Rufous-backed Sibia – extreme E Nepal E to Bhutan, NE Indian hill states, N & W Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).
L. a. saturata
Walden, 1875 – E Myanmar (W of R Salween) and NW Thailand.
L. a. mixta
(Deignan, 1948) – E Myanmar (E of R Salween), N Thailand, N & C Laos, N Vietnam (N Tonkin, N Annam) and S China (SE Yunnan).
L. a. roundi
(J. C. Eames, 2002) – Vietnam (S part of C Annam) and adjacent SE Laos.
L. a. eximia
Riley, 1940 – S Annam, in S Vietnam.
L. a. davisoni
A. O. Hume, 1877 – Black-mantled Sibia – S Myanmar (N Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
18·5–20 cm; 22–29 g. Distinctive sibia, black, white and rufous-chestnut above, white below with rufescent lower flanks. Nominate race has crown and head... read more
Sings with loud, clear, pretty, descending warble, “wip’i-iu-iu-ju” (nominate... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, sometimes semi-deciduous forest, at 1000–2650 m, locally down to... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), and seeds. Found singly, in pairs, or in small parties of 3–6 individuals, often in bird... read more
Apr–Jun. Nest a neat and compact cup, externally of moss, moss roots, leaves and fine grasses, inwardly of grass shreds, roots,... read more
Resident; some displacement to lower levels may occur in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and local in Nepal. Uncommon and local in Bhutan. Generally scarce but locally frequent in India, where present in Buxa Tiger Reserve (West... read more
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