Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-faced Liocichla (Liocichla ripponi)


French: Garrulaxe de Rippon German: Rotgesicht-Bunthäherling Spanish: Charlatán de Rippon

Trochalopterum [sic] ripponi


, 1900,

Fort Stedman, Southern Shan State, Myanmar


Has been treated in expanded genus Garrulax, but placement in present genus supported by recent molecular work#R. Often treated as conspecific with L. phoenicea. Two subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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-wú... read more


    Ravines, open forest, bamboo jungle, near swamps; 1400–2200 m in Thailand.

    Food and feeding

    Insects, fruits, berries and seeds. Found singly, in pairs or in small groups of 4–5 individuals, depending on season; sometimes with... 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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Scarlet-faced Liocichla (Liocichla ripponi). 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 25 February 2020).