Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey Sibia (Heterophasia gracilis)


French: Garrulaxe gris German: Grausibia Spanish: Sibia gris

Hypsipetes gracilis


, 1840,

Naga Hills, India


Has been placed in Malacias. Birds from Mt Victoria, in W Myanmar, described as race dorsalis, but appear inseparable from those elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


NE Indian hill states (S of R Brahmaputra), N & W Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan).

Descriptive notes

22·5–24·5 cm; 34–42 g. Slender, long-tailed brown and grey babbler with white underparts and grey patches in wings and tail. Crown and head side (... read more


Song a repeated, very loud, strident and far-carrying series of well-spaced high-pitched shrill... read more


Broadleaf evergreen and deciduous forest, including oak and rhododendron forest, sometimes pine and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including bees (Hymenoptera); also berries and small fruits, including those of witch-hazel (Bucklandia), and seeds.... read more


Apr–Aug. Nest, built by both sexes, a deep, firm, neatly woven cup, made of grasses, moss, roots, leaves, fibres and green pine... read more


Resident. Reports of some seasonal elevational movements require substantiation.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. In India, common in Assam, and recently observed in Nagaland although apparently scarce... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Grey Sibia (Heterophasia gracilis). 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 26 February 2020).