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 & C Laos.

    Descriptive notes

    23·5–24·5 cm. Unstreaked barwing with long, graduated tail, densely barred on wings and tail, plain buff below, with bold white eyering. Adult has forehead and crown pale... read more


    Not known to differ from that of A. ramsayi. Song a quite fast, rather mournful, high-... read more


    Forest edge, second growth, scrub and grass, taller undergrowth in broadleaf evergreen forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Typically occurs in pairs or small groups, often associating... read more


    Nothing known.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). This species has a large range, within which it is fairly common to locally common. Fairly common in S China, but recently recorded... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). 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 19 February 2020).