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Category:Timaliidae - BirdForum Opus

Family: Timaliidae. Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies.


The Old World babblers are a large, highly variable family of Old World passerine birds. Typical features of this family are:1

  • Similar sexes
  • Short, rounded wings
  • Juveniles generally lacking the spotting characteristic of thrushes and chats
  • Tendency to longer, rounded tail
  • Generally stout bill and legs
  • Often soft, fluffy plumage.

Babblers are found in Asia.


Timaliidae is a family in the Order Passeriformes.

This family has long been said to be a dustbin for taxonomists, where they would place any bird with uncertain affinities. However, recent work, particulary by A. Cibois, has revealed more information about this complex family. A major revision has occured and only a few genera remained in this family. The families Pnoepygidae (Cupwings), Pellorneidae (Fulvettas and Ground Babblers) and Leiothrichidae (Laughingthrushes) have been split from the Timaliidae.
Other genera have been moved to various other families, including Sylviidae, Bernieridae, Vangidae, Zosteropidae, Promeropidae and even Vireonidae.

Family Timaliidae viewedit

Genus Timalia viewedit
T. pileata Chestnut-capped Babbler

Genus Dumetia viewedit
D. hyperythra Tawny-bellied Babbler
D. atriceps Dark-fronted Babbler

Genus Mixornis viewedit
M. kelleyi Grey-faced Tit-Babbler
M. flavicollis Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler
M. prillwitzi Kangean Tit-Babbler
M. gularis Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
M. bornensis Bold-striped Tit-Babbler

Genus Macronus viewedit
M. striaticeps Brown Tit-Babbler
M. ptilosus Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler

Genus Cyanoderma viewedit
C. chrysaeum Golden Babbler
C. erythropterum Chestnut-winged Babbler
C. bicolor Grey-hooded Babbler.
C. melanothorax Crescent-chested Babbler
C. rufifrons Rufous-fronted Babbler
C. pyrrhops Black-chinned Babbler
C. ruficeps Rufous-capped Babbler
C. ambiguum Buff-chested Babbler

Genus Spelaeornis viewedit
S. caudatus Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler
S. badeigularis Mishmi Wren-Babbler
S. troglodytoides Bar-winged Wren-Babbler
S. chocolatinus Naga Wren-Babbler
S. oatesi Chin Hills Wren-Babbler
S. reptatus Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler
S. kinneari Pale-throated Wren-Babbler
S. longicaudatus Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler

Genus Melanocichla viewedit
M. lugubris Black Laughingthrush
M. calvus Bare-headed Laughingthrush

Genus Pomatorhinus viewedit
P. ochraceiceps Red-billed Scimitar Babbler
P. ferruginosus Black-crowned Scimitar Babbler
P. phayrei Brown-crowned Scimitar Babbler
P. superciliaris Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
P. ruficollis Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler
P. musicus Taiwan Scimitar Babbler
P. horsfieldii Indian Scimitar Babbler
P. melanurus Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler
P. schisticeps White-browed Scimitar Babbler
P. bornensis Sunda Scimitar Babbler
P. montanus Javan Scimitar Babbler

Genus Erythrogenys viewedit
P. hypoleucos Large Scimitar Babbler
P. erythrogenys Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
P. mcclellandi Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler
P. gravivox Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler
P. swinhoei Gray-sided Scimitar Babbler
P. erythrocnemis Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler

Genus Stachyris viewedit
S. grammiceps White-breasted Babbler
S. nigricollis Black-throated Babbler
S. maculata Chestnut-rumped Babbler
S. nigriceps Grey-throated Babbler
S. poliocephala Grey-headed Babbler
S. leucotis White-necked Babbler
S. thoracica White-bibbed Babbler
S. oglei Snowy-throated Babbler
S. strialata Spot-necked Babbler
S. herberti Sooty Babbler
S. nonggangensis Nonggang Babbler
S. humei Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler
S. roberti Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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