Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-fronted Barwing (Actinodura egertoni)


French: Actinodure d’Egerton German: Roststirn-Meisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de Egerton

Actinodura Egertoni


, 1836,



Species is sister to A. ramsayi#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. e. egertoni Gould, 1836 – C Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (EC Arunachal Pradesh).
  • A. e. lewisi Ripley, 1948 – E Arunachal Pradesh and NW Myanmar.
  • A. e. khasiana Godwin-Austen, 1876 – Meghalaya, S Assam (N Cachar), Nagaland and Manipur, in NE India.
  • A. e. ripponi Ogilvie-Grant & La Touche, 1907 – Mizoram (NE India), and NE & SW Myanmar and S China (W & NW Yunnan).
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–23·5 cm; 31–42 g. Long-tailed, unstreaked barwing with brownish-grey head and crest and chestnut forehead, face and chin. Nominate race has... read more


    Song of nominate race described as a rapid, sweet, clear sequence of short piping, crystal-clear... read more


    Dense undergrowth, scrub-jungle, forest edge, shrubbery and scrub in warm broadleaf evergreen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including grasshoppers (Orthopterra) and ants (Formicidae); also berries, including those of wild strawberries (Fragaria... read more


    Apr–Jul. Nest described as a largish, rather deep cup, made of fern, bamboo or other dead leaves, grasses, fibrous roots and green... read more


    Resident. Movements to lower elevations during harsh winter weather reported, but none clearly... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. In C Nepal rare and local, becoming slowly commoner to E of range in Himalayas. Frequent in Bhutan but less common in W; near Zhemgang, density of 1... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Rusty-fronted Barwing (Actinodura egertoni). 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 26 February 2020).