French: Pomatorhin à bec fin German: Dünnschnabelsäbler Spanish: Cimitarra picofina
Other common names: Sickle-billed Scimitar-babbler
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. superciliaris
(Blyth, 1842) – C & E Nepal E to NE India (C Arunachal Pradesh).
P. s. intextus
(Ripley, 1948) – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to Nagaland, adjacent S Assam, Manipur and Mizoram) and W & NW Myanmar.
P. s. forresti
(Rothschild, 1926) – NE Myanmar and S China (NW Yunnan).
P. s. rothschildi
(Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – N Vietnam (Tonkin).
20 cm; 27–30 g. Drab brown babbler with darkish grey head, white supercilium and astonishingly long, slender and decurved bill. Nominate race has crown and nape slaty... read more
Has two territorial calls: an extremely rapid, staccato, hollow piping “wuwuwuwuwuwu”... read more
Bamboo thickets in temperate forest; damp broadleaf forest with thick undergrowth, stunted oak... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae) and other insects, larvae; also berries (including raspberries) and nectar. Found in small,... read more
Apr–Jul in India. Nest described as a large globular structure with entrance at one end, or blunt cone on its side with entrance at... read more
Resident, but seasonal altitudinal displacements reported within Bhutan; similar report in NE India... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce throughout range. In Bhutan commonest in E, becoming rare in W; densities apparently low, e.g. fewer than 0·1 pair/km of road. Uncommon in... read more
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