French: Garrulaxe de Rippon German: Rotgesicht-Bunthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Rippon
Trochalopterum [sic] ripponi
Fort Stedman, Southern Shan State, Myanmar
Subspecies and Distribution
L. r. ripponi
(Oates, 1900) – E & SE Myanmar, adjacent S China (W & SW Yunnan) and NW Thailand.
L. r. wellsi
(La Touche, 1921) – SE China (SE Yunnan E to NE Guangxi), N Laos and N Vietnam (NW Tonkin).
21–23 cm; 42–53 g. Fairly small babbler, mostly plain brown but with scarlet face and scarlet in wings and tail. Nominate race has crown dull bluish-grey,... read more
Song “tiyúu-fwéé-túu”, “chu’u-wiu-wúú”, “pi-wíí-wu”, and falling and then rising “chiu-too-ee”,... read more
Ravines, open forest, bamboo jungle, near swamps; 1400–2200 m in Thailand.
Food and feeding
Insects, berries and seeds. Found singly, in pairs or in small groups of 4–5 individuals, depending on season; sometimes with other... read more
Apr–Jun. Nest a cup placed 0·6–1·5 m from ground in sapling, thorn bush or bamboo clump. Clutch 3 eggs, pale blue... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Generally fairly common throughout range. Formerly fairly common in Bhamo Hills, in Myanmar. Rare in China; recently recorded in Diding Nature Reserve, in W... read more
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