Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Black-crowned Barwing (Actinodura sodangorum)


French: Actinodure à calotte noire German: Schwarzscheitel-Meisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia coroninegra

Actinodura sodangorum

J. C. Eames et al.

, 1999,

Ngoc Linh, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam


Placed in Actinodura#R, but awaits DNA screening. Monotypic.


E part of S Laos and adjacent C highlands of C Annam, in Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

24 cm. Long-tailed barwing, grey-headed with dark crown, densely barred on tail, rufous below with dark throat streaks, and with bold white eyering. Has lores black, central... read more


Song begins hurriedly, becoming more clearly spaced and phrased at end, “tutututu’tu... read more


Forest edge, secondary growth, more open broadleaf evergreen forest, tall grass and scrub adjacent... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. All sightings have been of single individuals or pairs,... read more


Pair recorded in Apr performing an acrobatic courtship display and apparently copulating once. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, downlisted from Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Kontum Plateau Secondary Area (which now... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-crowned Barwing (Actinodura sodangorum). 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 on 24 February 2020).