French: Timalie dorée German: Goldbuschtimalie Spanish: Timalí dorado
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. chrysaeum
(Blyth, 1844) – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE Indian hill states (except E Mizoram), N & NE Myanmar and adjacent S China (SE Xizang, NW & W Yunnan).
C. c. binghami
(Rippon, 1904) – E Mizoram (NE India) and W Myanmar.
C. c. auratum
(Meyer de Schauensee, 1938) – E Myanmar, NW Thailand (S to Chiang Dao), N & C Laos, N Vietnam (Tonkin, N Annam) and S China (S Yunnan E to SW Guangxi).
C. c. assimile
(Walden, 1875) – SE Myanmar (including Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
C. c. chrysops
(Richmond, 1902) – S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
C. c. frigidum
(Hartlaub, 1865) – Sumatra.
10–12 cm; 6–10 g. Distinctive small babbler with narrowly striped crown, black half-mask and yellow underparts. Nominate race has crown and nape golden-yellow,... read more
Song a rapid “tu tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu” or slower “ti tu-tu-tu-tu-tu”, or... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo stands, also dense bushes, Rubus thickets, deserted... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including ants (Formicidae), caterpillars; occasionally berries. Forages in lower to middle storeys. Outside breeding season (from... read more
Jan–Jul. In Bhutan song heard as early as mid-Feb but mostly late Mar–Jul, with peak territorial activity later, in May–... read more
Resident, apparently with some seasonal wandering; in NE India described as occasional migrant in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and local in Nepal. In Bhutan fairly common; near Zhemgang recorded density of 3·4 territories/km of road at 1600–1900 m, making it... read more
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