French: Garrulaxe de Desgodins German: Schwarzkopfsibia Spanish: Sibia cabecinegra
Other common names:
Yer-ka-lo, on the Mekong [Lancang Jiang] at c. 29°03’30” N, Xizang, China
Subspecies and Distribution
H. d. desgodinsi
(Oustalet, 1877) – Black-headed Sibia – N Myanmar and SC & SE China (Yunnan, C & S Sichuan, W & N Guizhou, NW Hunan, W Guangxi).
H. d. tonkinensis
(Yen Kwokyung, 1934) – extreme N Vietnam (N Tonkin). Probably this race recently recorded in N Laos#R.
H. d. engelbachi
(Delacour, 1930) – Brownish-backed Sibia – Bolovens Plateau, in S Laos.
H. d. kingi
J. C. Eames, 2002 – SE Laos and C Vietnam (C Annam).
H. d. robinsoni
(Rothschild, 1921) – White-spectacled Sibia – S Annam, in S Vietnam.
21·5–24·5 cm; 35–49 g. Slender long-tailed babbler, grey or brown above with black head, white below, with narrow bill. Nominate race has crown, head side (lores... read more
Song “hi wi-wi wi wi” or “hi hwi-wi wi-wi”, similar to that of M. melanoleucus but slower... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, oak and pine forest, and forest edge, at 800–2895; some... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, grubs, berries and nectar. Arboreal, usually in pairs or small flocks, mostly in treetops; occasionally descends to undergrowth,... read more
Season Apr–Aug in China and Feb–Jun in S Annam. Eggs pale blue, faintly stippled darkish brown to dull mauve with larger... read more
Resident. Only minor altitudinal movements recorded.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Common in SC & S China, where recently recorded in Cenwanglaoshan and Diding Nature Reserves, in Guangxi. Generally common in SE Asian range. In Vietnam,... read more
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