Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura radcliffei)


French: Actinodure de Radcliffe German: Radcliffemeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de anteojos oriental

Actinodura radcliffei


, 1910,

Kyatpyin, Ruby Mines district, Myanmar


Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. ramsayi, but differs in its much richer cinnamon vs buffy underparts (2); extensive pale chestnut vs more restricted buffy-rufous on forehead (2); lightly barred rufous vs bold stone-and-black-barred greater coverts with much more extensive rufous on outer vanes of flight-feathers (3); more ochreish, less grey mantle to rump (ns[1]); and more rufous, less strongly barred tail (ns[2]). Birds in N Thailand and N & C Laos (like yunnanensis but greyer above, with buffy rufous restricted to forehead) evidently represent an undescribed race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. radcliffei Harington, 1910 – EC & E Myanmar.
  • A. r. yunnanensis Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914 – S China (SE Yunnan, SW Guizhou, W Guangxi) and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
  • Unknown race in N Thailand and N & C Laos.

    Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Eastern Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura radcliffei). 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 27 May 2018).