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Chestnut-winged babbler

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Chestnut-winged babbler
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Timaliidae
Genus: Cyanoderma
C. erythropterum
Binomial name
Cyanoderma erythropterum
(Blyth, 1842)

The chestnut-winged babbler (Cyanoderma erythropterum) is a babbler species in the family Timaliidae. It occurs in the Malay Peninsula from southern Thailand to Singapore, and in Sumatra. It inhabits forests and shrublands up to an elevation of 800 m (2,600 ft). It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.[1]

It is chestnut-brown with a greyish face and underparts, and is 12.5–13.5 cm (4.9–5.3 in) long. It feeds on small Coleoptera beetles, Phasmida insects, ants, and Hemiptera bugs.[2] Its foraging strategy is gleaning.[3]

Timalia erythroptera was the scientific name proposed by Edward Blyth in 1842 for an olive-brown babbler from Nepal.[4] It was later placed in the genus Stachyris, but since 2020 is recognised as a Cyanoderma species.[5][2] The grey-hooded babbler (C. bicolor) of Borneo was formerly considered conspecific.[6]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2017). "Cyanoderma erythropterum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T103895665A118851945. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T103895665A118851945.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Collar, N. J.; Robson, C. (2021). "Chestnut-winged Babbler (Cyanoderma erythroptera)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D. A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 2: Passerines. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. doi:10.2173/bow.chwbab1.02.
  3. ^ Juliana, J.; Gawin, D. F. (2020). "Foraging behaviour of three sympatric babblers (Family: Timaliidae)". Trends in Undergraduate Research. 3 (2): a26–34. doi:10.33736/tur.2138.2020.
  4. ^ Blyth, E. (1842). "Report from the Curator". The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 11 (128): 788–799.
  5. ^ Moyle, R. G.; Andersen, M. J.; Oliveros, C. H.; Steinheimer, F. D.; Reddy, S. (2012). "Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Core Babblers (Aves: Timaliidae)". Systematic Biology. 61 (4): 631–651. doi:10.1093/sysbio/sys027. PMID 22328569.
  6. ^ "Species Updates – IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2021-05-28.

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