|Male from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim|
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.
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 . 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.
Distribution and habitat
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.
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