French: Léiothrix à joues argent German: Silberohr-Sonnenvogel Spanish: Leiótrix cariblanco
[Mesia] Mesia Argentauris
Subspecies and Distribution
L. a. argentauris
(Hodgson, 1837) – E Uttarakhand E to Bhutan, NE Indian hill states, N & W Myanmar and adjacent S China (SE Xizang, W & NW Yunnan).
L. a. galbana
(Mayr & Greenway, 1938) – E & SE Myanmar (including Tenasserim) and N & W Thailand.
L. a. ricketti
(La Touche, 1923) – S China (S & SE Yunnan, S Guizhou, SW Guangxi), N & C Laos and N Vietnam (Tonkin and N Annam).
L. a. cunhaci
(Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – S Laos, Vietnam (C & S Annam) and adjacent E Cambodia.
L. a. tahanensis
(Yen Kwokyung, 1934) – S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
15·5–17 cm; 22–29 g. Smallish babbler in bright, neat colours, black on head with glistening silver ear-coverts, yellow breast, and red wing patch and tail... read more
Song a repeated, cheerful, loud, clearly spaced, descending “che tchu-tchu che-rit” or “che chu... read more
Bushes, undergrowth, lower and middle storeys in more open broadleaf evergreen, pine and mixed... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae, including ants (Formicidae); also berries, fruits and seeds, including those of cultivated maize (Zea).... read more
Nov–Aug (from Apr in N areas); song in Bhutan Apr–Aug, with peak late Apr. Nest, built by both sexes over c. 4 days, a deep,... read more
Resident. Reported status as common winter visitor in Nameri National Park, in Assam (India),... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common in suitable habitat. Local in Nepal, rare in W to frequent in E. In Bhutan common but rather scattered throughout... read more
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