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Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler

From Opus

Alternative name: Salvadori's Scimitar-Babbler

Nominate subspecies Photo © by Alok Tewari Forest-edge, Sattal, Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 5500 ft., India, 14 November 2018
Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Forest-edge, Sattal, Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 5500 ft., India, 14 November 2018
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys


[edit] Identification

Subspecies P. e. celatusPhoto © by robby thaiDoi Phu Hom Pok National Park, Thailand, 5 March 2017
Subspecies P. e. celatus
Photo © by robby thai
Doi Phu Hom Pok National Park, Thailand, 5 March 2017

22 - 26cm (¾-10¼ in). A rather large Scimitar-Babbler:

  • Broadly orange-rufous from forehead and face to flanks and vent
  • Whitish throat and belly
  • Indistinct broad greyish-white streaks from chin to breast
  • Small black malar
  • Long whitish-horn bill
  • Pale eye surrounded by dark blue bare skin and white spots

Sexes similar, juveniles paler above with duller rufous parts.

[edit] Similar species

Large Scimitar-Babbler has dark eye and grey flanks. Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler has blackish spots on breast.

[edit] Distribution

Found from northeast Pakistan over the Himalayas to Bhutan and in eastern Burma and northwest Thailand.
Common in parts of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Both species, Rusty-cheeked and Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler are also sometimes regarded conspecific. Further study is required to solve the taxonomy of this complex.

Placed in genus Megapomatorhinus by Clements.

[edit] Subspecies

Five subspecies accepted[3]:

  • P. e. erythrogenys in the Himalayas of northeast Pakistan and northern India
  • P. e. ferrugilatus from Kashmir to central Nepal
  • P. e. haringtoni in the Himalayas from Sikkim to Bhutan
  • P. e. imberbis in eastern Burma (Karenni)
  • P. e. celatus in north-west Thailand and eastern Burma (Shan States)

Other sources [1] include haringtoni in ferrugilatus.

[edit] Habitat

Thick scrub and dense undergrowth at forest edge, scrub in open pine forest, secondary growths, thickets and bush-covered hillsides. Found at 300m up to 2400m, sometimes up to 3000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, larvae, seeds and berries.
Usually seen in pairs in summer and in small groups of up to 12 birds in the rest of the year. Seldom in bird-waves. Mostly seen on the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season February to Jul. The nest is a loose dome with a broad entrance. It's made of coarse grasses, dry fern, bamboo and other leaves and placed on the ground, sheltered by vegetation or rocks or in a thick bush up to 1.2m above the ground. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

Resident species.

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Repeated calls given by one bird, morning time, as it moved through a large cactus plant. Background chirping by a group of Oriental White-eyes. One call by Himalayan Bulbul heard in the middle part of the recording.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  4. Birds of Indian Subcontinent : Richard Grimmett et al, 2011, OUP

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