Timaliidae – Babblers, Scimitar Babblers

Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra) by Nikhil Devasar

Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra) by Nikhil Devasar

I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. (Psalms 50:11 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Timaliidae – Babblers, Scimitar Babblers

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Species (53)

Large Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus hypoleucos)
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys)
Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis)
Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus gravivox)
Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus mcclellandi)
Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus swinhoei)
Indian Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus horsfieldii)
Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus melanurus)
White-browed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus schisticeps)
Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus)
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus ruficollis)
Taiwan Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus musicus)
Red-billed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps)
Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus ferruginosus)
Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus superciliaris)
Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis caudatus)
Rusty-throated Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis badeigularis)
Bar-winged Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis troglodytoides)
Naga Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus)
Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis reptatus)
Chin Hills Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis oatesi)
Pale-throated Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis kinneari)
Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler (Spelaeornis longicaudatus)
Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler (Sphenocichla humei)
Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler (Sphenocichla roberti)
White-breasted Babbler (Stachyris grammiceps)
Sooty Babbler (Stachyris herberti)
Nonggang Babbler (Stachyris nonggangensis)
Grey-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps)
Grey-headed Babbler (Stachyris poliocephala)
Spot-necked Babbler (Stachyris strialata)
Snowy-throated Babbler (Stachyris oglei)
Chestnut-rumped Babbler (Stachyris maculata)
White-necked Babbler (Stachyris leucotis)
Black-throated Babbler (Stachyris nigricollis)
White-bibbed Babbler (Stachyris thoracica)
Chestnut-winged Babbler (Stachyris erythroptera)
Crescent-chested Babbler (Stachyris melanothorax)
Deignan’s Babbler (Stachyridopsis rodolphei)
Rufous-fronted Babbler (Stachyridopsis rufifrons)
Buff-chested Babbler (Stachyridopsis ambigua)
Rufous-capped Babbler (Stachyridopsis ruficeps)
Black-chinned Babbler (Stachyridopsis pyrrhops)
Golden Babbler (Stachyridopsis chrysaea)
Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra)
Dark-fronted Babbler (Rhopocichla atriceps)
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler (Macronus gularis)
Bold-striped Tit-Babbler (Macronus bornensis)
Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler (Macronus flavicollis)
Grey-faced Tit-Babbler (Macronus kelleyi)
Brown Tit-Babbler (Macronus striaticeps)
Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler (Macronus ptilosus)
Chestnut-capped Babbler (Timalia pileata)


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The Old World babblers or timaliids are a large family of mostly Old World passerine birds. They are rather diverse in size and coloration, but are characterised by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. The timaliids are one of two unrelated groups of birds known as babblers, the other being the Australasian Babblers of the family Pomatostomidae (also known as pseudo-babblers).

Timaliids are small to medium birds, ranging in size from the Pygmy Wren-babbler at 9 cm. in length, to the Giant Laughingthrush at 36 cm. They have strong legs, and many are quite terrestrial. They typically have generalised bills, similar to those of a thrush or warbler, except for the scimitar babblers which, as their name implies, have strongly decurved bills. Most have predominantly brown plumage, with minimal difference between the sexes, but many more brightly coloured species also exist. (Wikipedia)

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