French: Cutie du Népal German: Himalajaalcippe Spanish: Cutia nepalesa
Formerly treated as conspecific with C. legalleni. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. nipalensis
Hodgson, 1837 – E Uttarakhand E to Bhutan and NE Indian hill states (except Meghalaya), NW & N Myanmar and S China (adjacent SE Xizang, extreme NW Yunnan, possibly extending to SW Sichuan).
C. n. melanchima
Deignan, 1947 – E & SE Myanmar, S China (W & S Yunnan), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
C. n. cervinicrissa
Sharpe, 1888 – Peninsular Malaysia.
17–19 cm; 40–56 g. Chunky, sexually dimorphic babbler with grey crown, dark mask, chestnut upperparts, bold black flank barring. Male nominate race has forehead... read more
Song variable, perhaps regionally. In Indian Subcontinent an even series of sharp “kleepa... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, particularly larger trees festooned with epiphytes and moss, sometimes... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Coleoptera) and other insects, larvae, pupae, insect eggs, gastropods; seeds and berries (including those of Viburnum,... read more
May–Jun in Nepal and Myanmar, Apr–May in Bhutan, and Mar–Jun in SE Asia. Nest an open cup made of moss and pine needles (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Nominate race scarce to fairly common throughout its range; melanchima scarce to uncommon; cervinicrissa uncommon. Scarce and very... read more
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