Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Grey Sibia (Heterophasia gracilis)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe gris German: Grausibia Spanish: Sibia gris
Taxonomy:

Hypsipetes gracilis

Horsfield

, 1840,

Naga Hills, India

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59662 on 21 November 2018).