French: Timalie à ventre roux German: Rotbauchtimalie Spanish: Timalí ventrirrufo
Ganges between Calcutta and Benares (Varanasi), India
Subspecies and Distribution
D. h. hyperythra
(Franklin, 1831) – N, C & E India and S Nepal.
D. h. albogularis
(Blyth, 1847) – W & S India.
D. h. phillipsi
Whistler, 1941 – Sri Lanka.
13 cm; 10–15 g. Striking small babbler, ochrous-brown above and buffy rufous below, with longish graduated tail. Nominate race has forehead to mid-crown rusty brown,... read more
Clear whistling song of 7 notes; described also as pleasant, quick, thin, piercing, high-pitched... read more
Open wooded country and scrub, grassland dotted with shrubs, bamboo clumps, thorn-scrub, wasteland... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, in Sri Lanka larvae and minute beetles (Coleoptera) noted; nectar of coral trees (Erythrina) and Salmalia... read more
Jan–Oct; multi-brooded. Nest a loose or neat dome, with side entrance (sometimes towards top), made of coarse grasses, dead bamboo or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and local in Nepal. Generally common in India, where seen intermittently in Rajaji National Park and common in Dudhwa National Park (both Uttar... read more
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