Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Near Threatened

Pale-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis kinneari)


French: Timalie de Kinnear German: Blasskehl-Zaunkönigtimalie Spanish: Ratina gorjipálida

Spelœornis longicaudatus kinneari

Delacour and Jabouille

, 1930,

Chapa (22°20’ N, 103°50’ E), Tonkin, Vietnam


See comments under S. chocolatinus. Monotypic.


S China (SE Yunnan, NW Guangxi) and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Small dark wren-babbler with pale throat. Male is dark bronzy brown with black scaling above, becoming plainer and more deep ochrous-brown on fluffy rump... read more


Song involves two types of trill (repeated after intervals), which slow towards end, one type a... read more


Understorey of broadleaf evergreen forest, overgrown gaps in forest; at 1600–2500 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually unknown. Probably takes small invertebrates. Forages close to ground, like congeners.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Locally common within small range, although judged rare in China. Present in Fan Si Pan National Park, in... read more