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Rufous-fronted babbler

Cyanoderma rufifrons, Allan Octavian Hume, 1873

(In Thai: นกกินแมลงหน้าผากน้ำตาล)

The rufous-fronted babbler (Cyanoderma rufifrons) is a babbler species in the Old World babbler family. It occurs in India's Eastern Ghats and from the Eastern Himalayan foothills to Southeast Asia at altitudes of 120-2100 m.

It is buff-brown with paler brown underparts and a dull rufous crown. Its upper wings, tail, supercilium and lores are whitish-grey. It is 12 cm long and weighs 9-12 g. Its song is a high-pitched tuh tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh.

Stachyris rufifrons was the scientific name proposed by Allan Octavian Hume in 1873 who described a small babbler from the Pegu Range in Myanmar that was pale brown, had a rufous-coloured head and white lores.

Stachyrhidopsis rufifrons ambigua was proposed as a subspecies by Herbert Hasting Harington in 1914 for a rufous-fronted babbler with yellow lores, probably occurring in Sikkim, Bhutan Dooars and northeast India.

The rufous-fronted babbler was later placed in the genus Stachyridopsis.

Stachyris rodolphei was proposed by Herbert Girton Deignan in 1939 for three babbler specimens collected at Doi Chiang Dao in Thailand. It is considered synonymous with the rufous-fronted babbler.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Cyanoderma rufifrons

Common names

  • Thai: นกกินแมลงหน้าผากน้ำตาล


  • C. ambigua, Harington (1914)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Rufous-fronted babbler, Cyanoderma rufifrons in Thailand
Range map of Cyanoderma rufifrons in Thailand