Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis caudatus)


Taxonomy

French: Timalie à gorge rousse German: Rotkehl-Zaunkönigtimalie Spanish: Ratina golirrufa
Taxonomy:

T[esia]. caudata

Blyth

, 1845,

Darjeeling, India

.

Often treated as conspecific with S. badeigularis, but recent museum and field studies support treatment as separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Nepal E to NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 10–12 g. Small brown wren-babbler with rusty throat and breast and dark, white-spotted belly. Crown to lower back are darkish brown with indistinct darker brown... read more

Voice

Song a powerful, jangling short outburst, “witchu-witchu-witchu-witchu-witchu”, first note slightly... read more

Habitat

Dense thickets and undergrowth in moist broadleaf evergreen forest, in secluded valleys and steep... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. No other information.

Breeding

Little known, and published records not entirely reliable. Song period in Bhutan mid-Mar to mid-May, with second period in early Aug. Nest... read more

Movements

Resident, with minor altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. Very rare in Nepal, with no known records since... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-throated Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis caudatus). 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/59464 on 19 January 2019).