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Subspecies albogularis
Photo by robby thai
Doi Phu Hom Pok NP, Thailand, March 2017
Pomatorhinus phayrei


Similar Species

Red-billed Scimitar-Babbler has a thinner, longer and paler bill. It also lacks the black line above the white supercilium.


Subspecies orientalis
Photo © by china guy
Nabang, China


This species was formerly included within Black-crowned Scimitar Babbler.


Clements recognizes five subspecies[1].

  • P. p. phayrei in northeastern India (southern Assam and Manipur) and southwestern Myanmar (Chin Hills and Arakan Yoma Mts.)
  • P. p. stanfordi in northeast Myanmar (Kachin State)
  • P. p. albogularis in eastern and southeastern Myanmar to northwestern Thailand
  • P. p. orientalis in south China (Yunnan), northeast Laos and north Vietnam
  • P. p. dickinsoni in Highlands of central Vietnam and Bolavens Plateau of south Laos

Former subspecies formosus is synonymised with phayrei and former subspecies namdapha is synonymised with stanfordi.





  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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