Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler (Erythrogenys erythrogenys)


French: Pomatorhin à joues rousses German: Rotwangensäbler Spanish: Cimitarra carirrufa

Pomatorhinus erythrogenys


, 1832,

“the district Simla–Almora“, Himalayas, north India


See E. erythrocnemis. Proposed race haringtoni (Himalayas from Sikkim E to Bhutan) merged with ferrugilata. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. e. erythrogenys (Vigors, 1831) – NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) E to N India (Uttarakhand).
  • E. e. ferrugilata (Hodgson, 1836) – Nepal E to Bhutan and adjacent NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh#R).
  • E. e. imberbis (Salvadori, 1889) – E Myanmar.
  • E. e. celata (Deignan, 1941) – NW Thailand.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–26 cm; 59–70 g. Rather large scimitar-babbler, olive-brown above and white centrally below, with broad orange-rufous from head side to flanks and vent, long... read more


    Song consists of short clear piping irregular phrases, very like that of E. mcclellandi... read more


    Thick scrub and dense undergrowth at forest edge, scrub in open pine forest, secondary growth,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, larvae, chrysalids, seeds and berries. Mostly in pairs in summer and in small parties of up to 12 individuals in winter (but such... read more


    Feb–Jul; in Bhutan, calling individuals and duetting pairs occupy territories Mar–Sept. Nest, built by both sexes, a loose dome... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Frequent but very local in Pakistan. Common and widespread in Nepal. Common and widespread throughout temperate zone and foothills of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler (Erythrogenys erythrogenys). 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 19 April 2019).