Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Spiny Babbler (Acanthoptila nipalensis)


Taxonomy

French: Cratérope du Népal German: Nepalelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide nepalés
Taxonomy:

Timalia nipalensis

Hodgson

, 1836,

Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Nepal.

Descriptive notes

22–26 cm; 58–64 g. ­Medium-sized, longish-tailed Turdoides babbler with dark brown upperside, narrowly streaked pale underside, and variably whitish... read more

Voice

Song complex, varied, rich and full of mimicry, consisting of series of alternating, quickly... read more

Habitat

Dense secondary scrub (in one area, consisting of Gaultheria, Symplocos, ... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects. In one long-term study, 2295 food items (from 316 birds) consisted of 86% invertebrates and 14% fruit and seeds; beetles (... read more

Breeding

Apr–Jun. Nest a deep cup of grass, placed in small bush or built into sturdy grass clump. Clutch 3–4 eggs, pale blue; nestlings... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Himalayas EBA. Frequent and locally fairly common within patchy range; possibly extends at W of range... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Spiny Babbler (Acanthoptila nipalensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59544 on 24 November 2017).