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Naga Wren-Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Nagaland, northeast India

Alternative name: Long-tailed Wren-Babbler

Spelaeornis chocolatinus

Identification

A small (10cm) dark brown Wren-Babbler.

  • Prominent white shaft-streaks on flanks
  • Longer tailed than Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler
  • Darker above than Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler, browner below with fine black flecks below throat
  • Males with broad white throat through centre of belly
  • Female more rufous-chestnut than male

Distribution

Found in Nagaland and Manipur in NE India.
Has a small range.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Pale-throated Wren-Babbler, Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler and Chin Hills Wren-Babbler.

Habitat

Montane broadleaf forest with thick undergrowth.1

Behaviour

Feeds on ants, small beetles and various other insects.
Very active species, usually foraging close to the ground, but not as exclusively ground-dwelling like the Pnoepyga Wren-Babblers.
A reported nest from was a deep cup, made in May. Lays 3 whitish eggs.
Resident.1

References

  1. del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. and Christie, D.A. eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-96553-42-6
  2. Clements James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  3. Rasmussen, P. C. and Anderton, J. C. 2005. Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Washington and Barcelona. Smithsonian Institute and Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-67-9

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