Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Streak-throated Barwing (Sibia waldeni)


French: Actinodure de Walden German: Waldenmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de Yunnan

Actinodura waldeni


, 1874,

Mount Japvo, Naga Hills, Assam, India


See S. nipalensis. Race daflaensis highly distinctive owing to its grey-streaked off-white vs whitish-streaked rufous-tan chin to lower belly (3), but no other plumage differences are apparent, although photographs suggest irides mainly dark vs mainly pale in other taxa; more research needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. w. daflaensis (Godwin-Austen, 1875) – Grey-breasted Barwing – S China (SE Xizang) and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh).
  • S. w. waldeni (Godwin-Austen, 1874) – Rufous-breasted Barwing – NE India (S Assam, Nagaland and N Manipur) and adjacent SW part of N Myanmar (Mt Saramati).
  • S. w. poliotis (Rippon, 1905) – W Myanmar (Mt Victoria area).
  • S. w. saturatior (Rothschild, 1921) – N Myanmar and S China (NW Yunnan).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm; 39–56 g. Relatively short-tailed rufous barwing with elongate and pointed crown feathers (also sprouting from lores and superciliary area) forming... read more


    Song a loud, strident, slightly wavering and rising phrase, starting with a slight rattle, and... read more


    Mossy broadleaf evergreen and mixed forest, oak and rhododendron forest, fir and hemlock forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, molluscs; fruits, including those of aromatic wintergreens (Gaultheria), berries, including certain ginsengs (... read more


    Season extends until at least Oct in India. No further information.


    Resident; movements to lower elevations during harsh winter weather at higher levels of range have... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. Locally fairly common in India, where present in and/or near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Streak-throated Barwing (Sibia waldeni). 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 26 February 2020).