French: Cratérope à bec fin German: Schlankschnabel-Elsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide picofino
F. Moore, 1854,
Birds reported from SW Myanmar not yet assigned to race. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. longirostris
(F. Moore, 1854) – SC Nepal and adjacent Oudh Tarai (NW Bihar, in India), also NE India from N West Bengal E through R Brahmaputra Plains to Assam.
C. l. arcana
(Koelz, 1954) – Manipur Valley (NE India).
22–23 cm; 35 g. Slim, long-tailed Turdoides babbler, dark chestnut above and rufous-buff below, with dark narrow decurved bill. Nominate race has crown dark... read more
At least two song types, one a rather strident, high-pitched series of shrill notes with short... read more
Long grass (including Erianthus) and reeds, usually near water, ditches or lakes, grassy... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects. Gregarious and noisy, as congeners, but in breeding season occurs singly and in pairs. Very skulking, staying in dense... read more
May–Jun. Nest a neat cup made of leaves, grass blades, stems and a few twigs, bound together with fibres and rootlets, lined with... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Scarce and local generally, including in Myanmar. Virtually all remaining grassland in this species’ range is subject to intense pressures from local human... read more
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