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Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler

Binomial name: Pomatorhinus erythrogenys, Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 1832

The rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys) is a species of bird in the Timaliidae family.

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.Sexes alike. Olive brown above; orangish - rufous(rusty) sides of face, head, thighs, flanks; remainder of under body mostly pure white; long, curved 'scimitar' beak. Small bands in forest; a bird of under growth, hopping on jungle floor, turns over leaves or digs with beak; sometimes hops in to leafy branches, but more at ease on ground. FOOD:insects, grubs, seeds. VOICE: noisy; mellow, fluty whistle, two-noted followed by single note replay by mate; guttural alarm call and a liquid contact note. RANGE:the Himalaya foothills to at least 2200m and possibly to 2600m. HABITAT:forest undergrowth, ravines, bamboo.


Subspecies wise the specie, Pomatorhinus erythrogenys, can be further classified into four sections that is P. e. erythrogenys of north-west Himalayas; P. e. ferrugilatus of central Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan; P. e. imberbis of Karenni from east Myanmar and P. e. celatus of Shan States of east Myanmar and north-east Thailand.

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Scientific classification

Pomatorhinus erythrogenys

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler

Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler


Distribution map of Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler, Pomatorhinus erythrogenys in Thailand

Range map of Pomatorhinus erythrogenys in Thailand

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