White hooded babbler, Bhutan

White hooded babbler, Bhutan

White hooded babbler, Bhutan

The white-hooded babbler (Gampsorhynchus rufulus) is a species of bird in the Pellorneidae family. A 23–24 cm; 37–49 g. Sleek, longish-tailed buff-brown babbler with white head and underparts and rather sturdy hook-tipped bill. It is found from the eastern Himalayas to central Myanmar and south-western China. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. This species can be found in Bamboo and middle storey of broadleaf evergreen forest, secondary growth, scrub, bushes.

Diet is presumably invertebrates. Forages c. 2–7·5 m above ground, mainly in bamboo canopy. Usually not shy. Gregarious and noisy. Not globally threatened. Scarce in E Nepal (two records). Uncommon in Bhutan, where known from two localities in C & E valleys. Fairly common in North East India. It is classified as least concern by IUCN.

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