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Alternative names: Black-capped Sibia; Black-headed Sibia
With 21 - 24cm (8Â¼-9Â½ in); a slender, buffy-rufous Babbler1:
Juveniles have a brownish-black cap.
Nigriceps is much darker and brighter rufous-brown, bayleyi has a cold greyish-brown saddle.
Found in the Himalayas. From NE Pakistan (Muree Hills) over Kashmir to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and NE India. Also found in some parts of adjacent Tibet.
Mainly evergreen oak forest, also mixed broadleaf-coniferous forest, secondary growth, scrub, near cultivations or gardens. Found between 1200m to 3410m, in harsh winters locally down to 100m.1
Feeds on insects and berries, also nectar (particulary rhododenron). Hunts mainly in the canopy.
Breeding season from April to August. The nest is a cup, made of green moss, dry grasses and dry leaves, placed in a tree or bush, some 7 - 8m above ground. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.
Resident species with some altitudinal movement.14
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