French: Garrulaxe superbe German: Prachtsibia Spanish: Sibia bonita
Barail Range, Assam, India
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. nigroaurita
(Kinnear, 1944) – NE India (W & C Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
H. p. pulchella
(Godwin-Austen, 1874) – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to Nagaland), N Myanmar and S China (W & NW Yunnan).
23 cm; 35–50 g. Blue-grey babbler with black face and wing-coverts, dull brown tertials, broad black subterminal tailband. Nominate race has lores, forehead, area... read more
Song a repeated loud strident “ti-ti-titi-tu-ti” (descending slightly towards end),... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest at 1650–3000 m, occasionally to 3200 m; locally down to 300 m in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, including beetles (Coleoptera); seeds, including those of viburnums (Viburnum) and evergreen magnolias... read more
Apr–Jul. Nest a cup made of moss, lined with rootlets, placed near end of horizontal branch of small tree. Eggs pale blue. No other... read more
Resident; minor altitudinal movements in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. Locally common in NE India, where present in Mouling National Park, common in Namdapha... read more
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