Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe casqué German: Schwarzkappensibia Spanish: Sibia rufa
Taxonomy:

Cinclosoma capistratum

Vigors

, 1831,

Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song, heard all year but mostly Apr–Aug, a clear high-pitched, silvery, slightly descending,... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59661 on 14 December 2017).