French: Pomatorhin à long bec German: Riesensäbler Spanish: Cimitarra grande
Arakan, Lower Myanmar.
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. h. hypoleucos
(Blyth, 1844) – NE Indian states, E Bangladesh and N & W Myanmar.
E. h. tickelli
(A. O. Hume, 1877) – S China (S Yunnan, Guangxi), N Indochina, S Myanmar (N Tenasserim), Thailand and SW Cambodia.
E. h. hainana
(Rothschild, 1903) – Hainan.
E. h. brevirostris
(Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – S Indochina.
E. h. wrayi
(Sharpe, 1887) – extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
26–28 cm; 68 g. Large scimitar-babbler, dark above and whitish below, with heavy pale bill, dark eye and blade-like grey scales on flanks. Nominate race has crown dark... read more
Song a geographically and individually variable series of usually 3 short, syncopated, loud, hollow... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest, bamboo, scrub-jungle or cane-jungle, reeds... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae (including those of passalid beetles), small molluscs, small shelled snails. Usually in pairs, occasionally in... read more
Nov–May. Nest a large, semi-domed oval, like that of a pitta (Pitta) but very open, the part forming the dome or roof... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Current status in India uncertain; very few records, but present in Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary, in Mizoram. Rare in Bangladesh, where small... read more
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