Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Red-tailed Minla (Minla ignotincta)


French: Minla à queue rousse German: Rotschwanzminla Spanish: Minla colirroja

Minla Ignotincta


, 1837,



Races mariae and sini sometimes merged with jerdoni. Birds in W Guizhou and NW Guangxi (SE China) appear not to have been assigned to race. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. i. ignotincta Hodgson, 1837 – C Nepal E to Bhutan, NE Indian hill states (except Meghalaya), S China (SE Xizang, W & NW Yunnan), and N, W & SE Myanmar.
  • M. i. mariae La Touche, 1921 – C & SE Yunnan (China), E Laos and N & W Vietnam (S to C Annam).
  • M. i. jerdoni J. P. Verreaux, 1871 – #RSC China (SC Sichuan, N, C & E Guizhou, S Hunan, NE Guangxi).
  • M. i. sini Stresemann, 1929 – Yao Shan, in E Guangxi (SE China).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14·5 cm; 9·5–21 g. Small black-headed babbler with bold yellowish-white supercilium and throat, brown upperparts, pale yellow underparts and red in black tail... read more


    Song a fairly high-pitched, loudish, quite quickly repeated (every few seconds) “wi ti wi-wu” (... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen and mixed broadleaf-conifer forest, sometimes pine forest and deciduous forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly insects and their larvae; also seeds. Usually found in parties, sometimes of considerable size; often joins bird waves, which may... read more


    Apr–Jun. Nest described as a beautiful, small pendant-shaped cup or rather deep purse, made of fine green moss and rootlets, well... read more


    Resident; seasonal altitudinal displacements described for Bhutan.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Frequent in W of range in Nepal, becoming fairly common in E; common in Langtang National Park. Common in temperate zone and foothills in Bhutan, but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Red-tailed Minla (Minla ignotincta). 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).