Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra)


Taxonomy

French: Timalie à ventre roux German: Rotbauchtimalie Spanish: Timalí ventrirrufo
Taxonomy:

Timalia hyperythra

Franklin

, 1831,

Ganges between Calcutta and Benares (Varanasi), India

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Proposed races abuensis (from W India) and navarroi (Western Ghats) considered inseparable from albogularis. Races show increasing amounts of white N to S, and differences in vocalizations minor. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Clear whistling song of 7 notes; described also as pleasant, quick, thin, piercing, high-pitched... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra). 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/59433 on 20 August 2018).