Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Hoary-throated Barwing (Sibia nipalensis)


French: Actinodure du Népal German: Nepalmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia nepalesa

Cinclosoma? Nipalensis


, 1836,

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal


Sometimes considered conspecific with S. waldeni. Apparent hybrids with latter (of race daflaensis) found in NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh); also suggested that race daflaensis belongs within present species#R. Birds from E Nepal E to Bhutan described as race vinctura, but inseparable from birds elsewhere in species’ range. Monotypic.


Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (extreme W Arunachal Pradesh), and adjacent China (S Xizang).

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 39–48 g. Medium-sized babbler with strikingly long crown feathers creating floppy crest, tight neat black-and-tan barring on wings and tail, and plain buffy... read more


Songs include a clear, slightly quavering “wiu-iu” or “wiu-uu”, also... read more


Oak forest and mixed oak, conifer and rhododendron forest with plenty of undergrowth, including... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars and other insects, also gastropods; also berries, seeds, flowers, including those of rhododendron... read more


Apr–Jun; territories occupied and singing heard in Bhutan in Apr–Aug. Only described nest was a rather small neat compact cup,... read more


Resident; some apparent minor movements to lower elevations during harsh winter weather at higher... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Himalayas EBA and Eastern Himalayas EBA. Fairly common in Nepal. Bhutan probably holds important... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Hoary-throated Barwing (Sibia 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).