Fire-tailed myzornis

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Fire-tailed myzornis
Fire-tailed Myzornis Old Silk Route, Sikkim, India 17 April 2015.jpg
Male from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Genus: Myzornis
Blyth, 1843
M. pyrrhoura
Binomial name
Myzornis pyrrhoura
Blyth, 1843

The fire-tailed myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura) is a bird species formerly placed in the Old World babbler family (Timaliidae). Its genus Myzornis is monotypic, and has recently been placed in the (much reduced) Old World warbler family Sylviidae.[2]


The fire-tailed myzornis is a small species of warbler, 11 to 13 cm (4.3–5.1 in) long and weighing 10–13 g (0.35–0.46 oz). It has bright green plumage with a black mask around the eyes and black scalloping on the crown. The wing is black and white with a streak of bright red and the sides of the tail are red too. The bill is long, slightly curved and black.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, and Nepal. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is a common species in the upper ridges of the Sikkim and Arunachal Himalayas; mostly between 9,000 ft to 13,000 according to climatic conditions and seasonal variation. It prefers bamboo thickets, Rhododendron shrubs, birches, and junipers.[1]



  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Myzornis pyrrhoura". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Gelang, Magnus; Alice Cibois; Eric Pasquet; Urban Olsson; Per Alström; Per G. P Ericson (2009). "Phylogeny of babblers (Aves, Passeriformes): major lineages, family limits and classification". Zoologica Scripta. 38 (3): 225–236. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00374.x.
  3. ^ Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 June 2017).

Further reading[edit]

Collar, N. J.; Robson, C. (2007). "Family Timaliidae (Babblers)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Christie, D.A. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.

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