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Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler

Erythrogenys erythrogenys

Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 1832

In Thai: นกระวังไพรแก้มสีน้ำตาล

The rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler (Erythrogenys erythrogenys) is a species of bird in the family Timaliidae native to South-East Asia.


Erythrogenys erythrogenys has a number of recognized subspecies:

  • E. e. erythrogenys (northwest Himalayas)
  • E. e. imberbis
  • E. e. haringtoni
  • E. e. gravivox
  • E. e. macclellandi
  • E. e. ferrugilatus (central Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan)
  • E. e. imberbis (east Myanmar)
  • E. e. celata (east Myanmar and northeast Thailand)


The species is olive-brown above with rusty coluring on the sides of the face, head, thighs, and flanks. The belly is mostly white. Sexes are alike. The beak is long and decurved in a scimitar shape.

Distribution and habitat

The rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler is found from the Himalayas to Myanmar. It inhabits habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest at elevations up to 2600 m.


The bird feeds mostly on the forest floor and in low canopy, forming small groups. Food items include insects, grubs and seeds. Calls consist of a mellow, fluty whistle, a two-noted "" call followed by single note replay by mate, guttural alarm calls and a liquid contact note. The species is generally quite noisy.

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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

Erythrogenys erythrogenys

Common names

  • Thai: นกระวังไพรแก้มสีน้ำตาล

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler

Range Map

Distribution map of Rusty-cheeked scimitar babbler, Erythrogenys erythrogenys in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Range map of Erythrogenys erythrogenys in Thailand