Rufous sibia

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Rufous sibia
Rufous Sibia RWD.jpg
in the mountains of Nepal.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Heterophasia
Species: H. capistrata
Binomial name
Heterophasia capistrata
(Vigors, 1831)

Malacias capistrata

at Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Rufous sibia at Galu temple in Himachal
Call of rufous sibia

The rufous sibia (Heterophasia capistrata) is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It feeds on berries and insects.[2]

It is found in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent, ranging across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Its natural habitat is the temperate forests of the Lower to Middle Himalayas. The species has an unmistakable appearance with its rufous-dominated colouration and black head, and is often seen with its crest raised. It is a vigorous, melodious singer.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Heterophasia capistrata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Phillipps, Reginald (1903). "The Black-headed Sibia Malacias capistrata". Avicultural Magazine. 1 (9): 255–262. 

Media related to Heterophasia capistrata at Wikimedia Commons

  • Collar, N. J. & Robson C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.