Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler (Erythrogenys erythrogenys)


Taxonomy

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

Pomatorhinus erythrogenys

Vigors

, 1832,

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

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59448 on 19 April 2019).