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(Redirected from Liocichla phoenicea)
Alternative names: Crimson-faced Liocichla; Crimson-faced Laughingthrush
21 - 23cm (8ΒΌ-9 in). A small laughingthrush-like Babbler.
Found in southeast Asia in the Himalayas from Bhutan east to Assam, locally in southern China (Yunnan) and northwest Burma. Although the type specimen was collected in Nepal there are no definite records from the country nowadays.
Two subspecies usually accepted:
Dense undergrowth in broadleaf evergreen forest, ravines, bamboo jungle, near swamps. In the Himalayas at 500m to 2500m.
Usually seen singly, in pairs or small groups of 4 or 5 birds. Sometimes in bird-waves. Generally skulking and unobtrusive, feeding in the undergrowth and on the ground.
Feeds on insects, berries and seeds.
Breeding season from March to September in Bhutan. The nest is a deep, compact cup made of dry bamboo or other leaves. It's placed low in a bush or a sapling. Lays 2 - 4 (usually 3) eggs.
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