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White-browed Scimitar Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Slaty-headed Scimitar-Babbler

Photo by robby thai
Phu Toei National Park, Thailand, February 2016
Pomatorhinus schisticeps


Photo by Ayuwat J
Doi Angkang, Chiangmai, Thailand

19 - 23cm (7½-10¼ in). A medium-sized Scimitar-Babbler.

  • Yellowish bill
  • Prominent long white supercilium
  • Usually yellow eyes
  • Unmarked white throat, breast and belly
  • Rufous-chestnut nuchal patch, chestnut flanks with white streaks

The colour of the upperparts and flanks vary within the subspecies.

Confusion species

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler is smaller, shorter-billed and has streaks on its flanks. Indian Scimitar-Babbler has dark eyes and darkish flanks. No range overlap with Sunda Scimitar Babbler.


Found in the Himalayas from northern India east to Nepal, Bhutan, northeast India, eastern Bangladesh, Burma and south to Thailand and Indochina.
Locally fairly common to common.


Has been treated conspecific with Indian Scimitar-Babbler. A population in Laos could consist of hybrids with this species and Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler.


13 subspecies recognized[1]:


Dense undergrowth in deciduous and evergreen broadleaf forest. Also in secondary growth, well-wooded ravines, mixed bamboo forest, scrub-jungle and grassland. Found up to 2600m.



Feeds on insects, takes also berries and small seeds.
Usually seen in pairs during breeding season, otherwise in small groups often with other species (like Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush in Bhutan). Forages on the ground and in dense undergrowth.


Breeding season from November to August. The nest is a large, loose dome made by dry bamboo, coarse grasses, rootlets, tendrils and strips of bark. It's placed low down in a bamboo clump or a thick bush, also on the ground in a depression covered with leaves. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.


Resident species.


  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. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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