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Clicking Shrike-Babbler

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Alternative name: Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler

Subspecies intermediusPhoto  ©  by Michael HooperMang Den, Vietnam, March, 2018
Subspecies intermedius
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Mang Den, Vietnam, March, 2018
Pteruthius intermedius


[edit] Identification

11.5cm (4½ in). A small Shrike-Babbler:

  • White eye-ring
  • Broad white wing-bars (rufous-buff in female)
  • Male with chestnut forehead bordered above by yellow and a dark chestnut throat
  • Female is whitish below with yellowish vent and belly and diffuse chestnut on upper throat and forehead

Juveniles not described

[edit] Similar species

Black-eared Shrike-Babbler is very similar but has a blackish rear border behind the yellow ear-coverts.

[edit] Distribution

Found from northeast India east to south China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Hainan), Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam.

Only one record in India (specimen for aenobarbulus), generally common in southeast Asia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Split from Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler.

Like all species of this genus most probably not a babbler but belonging to the Vireos.

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Moist montanes and lowland forests. Found at 700 - 2500 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on cockroaches, caterpillars and other insects, takes also fruit.

[edit] Breeding

Usually seen singly and in pairs, outside breeding season in small groups, often in mixed flocks. Movements sluggish and slow.
Breeding season January to April. The nest is a shallow cup, hidden with moss and spider webs and suspended from a high branch fork of tree. Lays 2 eggs.

[edit] Movement

Resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. 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
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  4. Rheindt & Eaton 2009. Species limits in Pteruthius (Aves: Corvida) shrike-babblers: a comparison between the Biological and Phylogenetic Species Concepts. Zootaxa 2301: 29–54.

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