Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Barwing (Sibia souliei)


French: Actinodure de Soulié German: Tonkinmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de Tonkín

Actinodura Souliei


, 1897,

Tzeku, north-western Yunnan, China


Statement in HBW that race griseinucha considerably different from nominate and possibly a full species not well supported by specimen evidence, but status still merits study. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. souliei (Oustalet, 1897) – SC & S Sichuan and extreme NW Yunnan, in SC China.
  • S. s. griseinucha (Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – S China (C & SE Yunnan) and N Vietnam (W Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    21–23 cm. Relatively short-tailed rufous barwing with elongate and pointed crown feathers forming floppy crest, silvery ear-coverts and crown, heavy dark brown... read more


    Song undocumented. Calls include soft contact notes and harsh loud churrs in alarm, similar to... read more


    Broadleaf evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, open fir forest with bamboo, at 1700–3300 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly invertebrates. Often in small, slow-moving parties; joins bird waves.


    No information.


    Resident; minor altitudinal movements recorded during cold weather and heavy snowfall.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon but distinctly under-recorded. Uncommon in China, where scarce at Emei Shan Protected Scenic Area. Uncommon in N Vietnam, where scarce in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Streaked Barwing (Sibia souliei). 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).