Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Sibia (Heterophasia auricularis)


Taxonomy

French: Garrulaxe oreillard German: Weißohrsibia Spanish: Sibia orejiblanca
Taxonomy:

Kittacincla auricularis

Swinhoe

, 1864,

Taiwan

.

Sometimes placed within genus Malacias. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

22–24 cm; mean 48 g. Elegant babbler with black head, wings and tail, protracted white eyestripe, grey and rufous body. Crown is glossy bluish-black, contrasting... read more

Voice

Song a loud, beautiful, resonant “fei fei fei yo”, “weep-weep-weep-weeeooo... read more

Habitat

Broadleaf evergreen forest (particularly oak), mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest, sometimes spruce... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and insects, taken from flowers; also acorns (including those of oak genus Pasania), berries, fruits (including climbing... read more

Breeding

Apr–May. Nest placed in thick foliage in tree canopy. No other information available.

Movements

Resident; may wander to lower elevations in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Common. In Yushan National Park, recorded densities of 0·3 birds/ha in mixed coniferous... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). White-eared Sibia (Heterophasia auricularis). 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/59665 on 16 November 2018).