French: Garrulaxe casqué German: Schwarzkappensibia Spanish: Sibia rufa
Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Has been placed in genus Malacias. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. capistrata
(Vigors, 1831) – NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in W Himalayas to extreme W Nepal.
H. c. nigriceps
(Hodgson, 1839) – Nepal (except extreme W & E) and adjacent SW China (S Xizang).
H. c. bayleyi
(Kinnear, 1939) – E Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and S China (Chumbi Valley, in S Xizang).
21–24 cm; 28–47 g. Slender buffy-rufous babbler with black head, blue-grey in wings and tail, slender decurved bill. Nominate race has crown and head side (lores... read more
Song, heard all year but mostly Apr–Aug, a clear high-pitched, silvery, slightly descending,... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, particularly oak; also mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest (oak, fir and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and berries. Visits rhododendron and silk-cotton tree (Bombax ceiba) flowers in search of insects and nectar; pair in... read more
Apr–Aug. Nest, built by both sexes, a neat cup of green moss, dry grasses and dry leaves, firmly interwoven and lined with rootlets,... read more
Resident; minor altitudinal displacements by small proportion of population in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Commonest and most widespread sibia in main Himalayan range. Locally frequent in Pakistan. Common in Nepal. Abundant throughout temperate zone in... read more
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