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Alternative names: Chestnut-backed Sibia; Chestnut-rumped Sibia; Blyth's Sibia
With 18.5 to 20cm a rather small, short-tailed Sibia1:
Juveniles have shorter bill and slightly narrower rectrices.
Found in the eastern Himalayas from extreme E Nepal over Sikkim, Bhutan, NE India to S China (Yunnan) and south to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Clements2 accepts five subspecies:
Feeds on insects, takes also seeds. Forages in middle to upper forest storeys, searching for food among moss, lichen and bark crevises.
Breeding season from April to June. The nest is a compact cup, made of moss, roots, leaves and fine grasses, placed on a branch of a small tree, 2 - 6 m above the ground. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.
Resident species, some altitudinal movement may occur.1
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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