French: Timalie coiffée German: Rotkappentimalie Spanish: Timalí capirotado
Six subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. bengalensis
Godwin-Austen, 1872 – N & NE India (E from E Uttarakhand, S to N Uttar Pradesh, N Bihar and E Odisha), S Nepal, Bangladesh and NW & W Myanmar.
T. p. smithi
Deignan, 1955 – N & E Myanmar, NW Thailand, S China (W & S Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong), N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam).
T. p. intermedia
Kinnear, 1924 – C & S Myanmar (E of R Irrawaddy) and W Thailand (Kanchanaburi).
T. p. patriciae
Deignan, 1955 – SW Thailand.
T. p. dictator
Kinnear, 1930 – NE & SE Thailand and S Indochina.
T. p. pileata
Horsfield, 1821 – W Java. Probably this race recently recorded in E Java (Baluran National Park#R) and Bali#R.
15·5–17 cm; 15–23 g. Medium-sized babbler with rather long graduated tail, thick black bill, black half-mask, white face and breast and chestnut cap. Nominate... read more
Songs include sudden husky phrases ending with thin metallic notes, “wher-wher witch-it-it”, “wher-... read more
Low-lying swampy areas, tall grass (including Saccharum), reedbeds, brushwood and scrub-... read more
Food and feeding
Caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera) and other insects and their eggs. Found in pairs during breeding season; otherwise in small parties of... read more
Feb–Oct in India and Apr–Sept in SE Asia; probably multi-brooded. Nest, built by both sexes, described as a rough ball, oval or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in Nepal except in Royal Chitwan National Park, where common. Locally common in India, where common in Dudhwa National Park... read more
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