French: Pomatorhin à bec rouge German: Rotschnabelsäbler Spanish: Cimitarra piquirroja
Other common names: Orange-billed Scimitar-babbler, Long-billed Scimitar-babbler
Karen Hills, Upper Myanmar.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. o. stenorhynchus
Godwin-Austen, 1877 – extreme NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh) and extreme N Myanmar.
P. o. austeni
A. O. Hume, 1881 – NE India (Meghalaya E to Nagaland and S to Mizoram), SE Bangladesh and N Myanmar.
P. o. ochraceiceps
Walden, 1873 – SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), NW Thailand, S China (S Yunnan) and N Indochina.
P. o. alius
Riley, 1940 – N Thailand, S Laos and Vietnam (C & S Annam).
22–24 cm; 33–38 g. Distinctive, with long decurved orange bill. Nominate race has crown and upperparts, upperwing and tail rufescent mid-brown; long supercilium... read more
Highly vocal; groups give variety of mellow and harsh notes. Song a hurried staccato hollow piping... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo clumps, in Laos also Fokienia-dominated forest. Found... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including snails, caterpillars and beetles (Coleoptera); also nectar and seeds. Keeps in pairs or parties of up to six or so... read more
Mar–Jul. Nest an oval ball made of broad grass blades, bamboo leaves and a few other dead leaves, loosely put together, lined with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in NE hills in India; fairly common in Namdapha National Park (Arunachal Pradesh). Evidently very localized and rare in Bangladesh. Uncommon... read more
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