French: Moupinie aux yeux d’or German: Goldaugen-Grasmücke Spanish: Timalí ojigualdo
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. hypoleucum
(Franklin, 1831) – Pakistan (Kohat and Indus Valleys), SW & SC Nepal, and much of India except NE.
C. s. nasale
(Legge, 1879) – Sri Lanka.
C. s. saturatius
(Ticehurst, 1922) – NE India from N West Bengal E to Assam and W Arunachal Pradesh (N of R Brahmaputra).
C. s. sinense
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NE India (S of R Brahmaputra), E Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand (except S & E), S China (SW, S & SE Yunnan, SW Guizhou, Guangxi, W Guangdong), Laos and Vietnam.
18–23 cm; 20–24 g. Long-tailed babbler, brown above and creamy below, with short black bill having culmen ridge strongly decurved. Nominate race has crown, ear-... read more
Song consists of variable clear high phrases, “wi-wu-chiu”, “wi-wu’chrieu... read more
Scrub, secondary growth, thorn-jungle, tamarisks, brushwood, scrub-covered eroded ravines, edges of... read more
Food and feeding
Caterpillars, grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and other insects, also spiders (Araneae); also berries (Lantana, Salvadora persica... read more
Season Mar–Nov in most of range; Nov–Jul (mainly Feb–May) in Sri Lanka. Nest, built by both sexes, described as a small,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local in Pakistan. Local to fairly common in Nepal, where present in Royal Chitwan National Park. Widespread and locally common in India... read more
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