Naga wren-babbler

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Naga wren-babbler
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Nagaland, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Timaliidae
Genus: Spelaeornis
S. chocolatinus
Binomial name
Spelaeornis chocolatinus

The Naga wren-babbler[2] or long-tailed wren-babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus) is a bird species in the family Timaliidae. In India it is found in Nagaland and Manipur.[3]

Several former subspecies of this bird have now been recognized as good species. They are: pale-throated wren-babbler (S. kinneari), Chin Hills wren-babbler (S. oatesi) and grey-bellied wren-babbler (S. reptatus). Together, the group was collectively known as the long-tailed wren-babbler.

The natural habitats of the long-tailed wren-babbler are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Following the splitting of the newly recognized species, the populations remaining in S. chocolatinus are small enough to warrant uplisting to near threatened status, from the previous IUCN assessment of least concern.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Spelaeornis chocolatinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ Naga wren-babbler is the name used in Pamela C. Rasmussen and John C. Anderton's Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide (2005) ISBN 84-87334-67-9
  3. ^ Richard Grimmett; Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp (2013). Birds of the Indian Subcontinent: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Helm Field Guides. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 356. ISBN 9781408162644.
  4. ^ BLI (2004, 2008)