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Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave Irving
Taipei, Taiwan, August, 2016
Erythrogenys erythrocnemis

Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis


22 - 25 cm.

  • Crown and upperparts olive-brown
  • Face and flanks rufous-brown
  • Throat and belly white with dark spots or streaks on upper breast
  • Yellow eyes
  • Grey, curved bill
  • Pale brown legs

Sexes similar.

Similar species

Photo by tony.saw
Huben, Taiwan, October 2011

Distinguished from Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler by dark spots on upper breast.


Endemic to Taiwan.
Common in parts of its range.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler and Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler. Placed in genus Megapomatorhinus by Clements.


Undergrowth in open forest, forest edge, scrub-jungle, secondary growth, grass-jungle. Found above 200m.


Extremely skulking and difficult to find but easy to hear.


Feeds on insects and vegetable matter.
Usually seen singly or in pairs, foraging near the ground.


Breeding season from March to June in most of its range. It builds a domed nest with a side entrance, of leaves, grasses and fibres which is placed on the ground or in a low bush. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.
Resident species.


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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