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Black-eared shrike-babbler

Thai: นกเสือแมลงคอสีตาล, nok seua malaeng kho see taan

Binomial name: Pteruthius melanotis, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1847

The Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis) is a bird species traditionally considered an aberrant Old World babbler and placed in the family Timaliidae. But as it seems, it belongs to an Asian offshoot of the American vireos and may well belong in the Vireonidae. Indeed, since long it was noted that their habits resemble those of vireos, but this was believed to be the result of convergent evolution.

It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

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Scientific classification

Pteruthius melanotis

Common names

  • Thai: นกเสือแมลงคอสีตาล, nok seua malaeng kho see taan

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Black-eared shrike-babbler, Pteruthius melanotis in Thailand

Range map of Pteruthius melanotis in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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