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Emei Shan Liocichla

From Opus

Alternative names: Omei Shan Liocichla, Grey-faced Liocichla; Grey-cheeked Liocichla; Sichuan Liocichla; Szechwan Liocichla

Photo by china guyLas Salinas, China
Photo by china guy
Las Salinas, China
Liocichla omeiensis


[edit] Identification

19.5 - 20.5 cm. A small, laughingthrush-like babbler:

  • Grey belly
  • Olive upperparts
  • Red wing-patches
  • Blackish-barred tail with a red tipp
  • Orange-red on undertail coverts
  • Broad whitish eye-ring

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to south and south-central Sichuan and the extrem northeast of Yunnan, China.
Locally common, but only known from a few sites. The range of this species is very small and it's therefore classified as vulnerable.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Often considered conspecific with Steere's Liocichla. May form a superspecies with it and with Bugun Liocichla.

[edit] Habitat

Found in undergrowth of secondary evergreen broadleaf forest, dense young secondary growth, bamboo thickets, replanted forest and also in more open forest with dense vegetation. Found from 600m up to 2400m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Its diet includes fruit and invertebrates.
Usually seen singly, in pairs or small groups. Skulking but not really shy. Forages in low thick vegetation.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from May to June. The nest is a cup made of moss, small twigs, dead bamboo and other leaves. It's woven around several fine bamboo shoots or placed in a bush. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
Resident with some altitudinal movement.

[edit] References

  1. Avibase
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  3. 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

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