Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Western Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura ramsayi)


French: Actinodure de Ramsay German: Brillenmeisenhäherling Spanish: Sibia de anteojos occidental

Actinura Ramsayi


, 1875,

Karenni State, Upper Myanmar


Hitherto treated as conspecific with A. radcliffei (see that species). Monotypic.


SE Myanmar (Kayah State) and NW Thailand.

Descriptive notes

23·5–24·5 cm; 35·5–41·3 g. Long-tailed, unstreaked barwing, densely barred on wings and tail, plain buff below, and has bold white... read more


Not known to differ from that of A. radcliffei. Song a quite quickly repeated, rather... read more


Forest edge, second growth, scrub and grass, taller undergrowth in broadleaf evergreen forest,... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Typically occurs in pairs or small groups, often associating... read more


Season at least Mar–Apr in Myanmar; males handled in Thailand in Jan and Apr were in breeding condition. One nest was a cup made of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Common in Doi Inthanon National Park, in Thailand, where also known from Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. This species... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Western Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura ramsayi). 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 21 May 2019).