French: Timalie de Blyth German: Rotkopf-Buschtimalie Spanish: Timalí coronirrojo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. ruficeps
(Blyth, 1847) – E Nepal E to NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent S China (SE Xizang).
C. r. rufipectus
(Koelz, 1954) – E Arunachal Pradesh S to Nagaland, N Manipur and S Assam (N Cachar), in NE India.
C. r. bhamoense
(Harington, 1908) – NE Myanmar and S China (W & NW Yunnan).
C. r. davidi
(Oustalet, 1899) – C & SE China (S Shaanxi S to C Sichuan and S & E Yunnan, E to Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong), NW Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin).
C. r. goodsoni
(Rothschild, 1903) – Hainan.
C. r. praecognitum
(Swinhoe, 1866) – Taiwan.
C. r. paganum
(Riley, 1940) –
S Laos, S Vietnam (C & S Annam) and NE Cambodia (Mondolkiri area)#R.
12 cm; 7–12 g. Small, sharp-billed, pale olive and yellowish-buff babbler with rufous crown. Nominate race has crown and nape bright rufous, upperparts and neck side... read more
Song a variable sequence of very short loud whistles, “pi-pi-pi-pi-pi-pi-pi”, often with softer,... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo stands, thick secondary bush growth in clearings; 600–3200... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, occasionally berries. In pairs during breeding season, otherwise in small foraging parties, often in mixed company with other... read more
Apr–Jul across range. Nest a deep cup or neat or loose uneven ball, oval or cone, entrance at side, often towards top, made of dry or... read more
Resident, or with minor local altitudinal movements; in India reportedly a winter visitor in Nameri... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in far E Nepal. In Bhutan, common in temperate zone but scarce in W valleys; present in Thrumshingla National Park. Fairly common in NE... read more
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