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Species of Thailand

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
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Chae Son National Park
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hat Yai District, Songkhla
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Yang Waterfall National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Krung National Park
  • Khao Laem National Park
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Khun Nan National Park
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Kromluang Chumphon Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mae Charim National Park
  • Mae Fa Luang District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Op Khan National Park
  • Pai District, Mae Hong Son
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phato District, Chumphon
  • Phu Foi Lom National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
  • Tham Sakoen National Park
  • Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi
  • Thong Pha Phum National Park
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wang Mai Forest Restoration Project
Range map of Cyanoderma rufifrons in Thailand