French: Microure maillée German: Mooszwergpfeifer Spanish: Ratina pigmea
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Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. pusilla
Hodgson, 1845 – N India (SE Uttarakhand) and Nepal E to all NE Indian hill states, N, W, E & SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), S & SE China (S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang and Yunnan, E to S Anhui and Zhejiang), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin, N Annam); also (probably this race) Hainan.
P. p. annamensis
Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – SW Cambodia, S Vietnam (S Annam) and, possibly this race, C Annam and S Laos.
P. p. harterti
Robinson & Kloss, 1918 – S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
P. p. lepida
Salvadori, 1879 – Sumatra.
P. p. rufa
Sharpe, 1882 – Java.
P. p. everetti
Rothschild, 1897 – Flores.
P. p. timorensis
Mayr, 1944 – W Timor.
7·5–9 cm; 11–15 g. Tiny, almost tailless olive-backed babbler with pale scaling below; in two morphs. Nominate race pale morph (“white-scaled... read more
Song an unmistakable, very high-pitched, well-spaced, piercing “ti—ti—tu” (... read more
Floor and understorey of broadleaf evergreen forest, densely vegetated forest ravines, mossy... read more
Food and feeding
Ants (Formicidae) and other small insects, spiders (Araneae), snails and grubs. Forages on or close to ground among leaf litter, around... read more
Season Mar–Sept in more N parts of range, with song period mainly mid-Mar to late Apr in Bhutan, but juveniles recorded late Jul and... read more
Resident, or with some local altitudinal movements (less marked than those of P. albiventer... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Frequent in Nepal. Fairly widespread at low densities in Bhutan. Fairly common in India, where 0·3 birds/km² in semi-... read more
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