Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Himalayan Cutia (Cutia nipalensis)


French: Cutie du Népal German: Himalajaalcippe Spanish: Cutia nepalesa

[Cutia] Nipalensis


, 1837,



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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Himalayan Cutia (Cutia nipalensis). 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 27 February 2020).