Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. It is threatened by habitat loss. The species was first described based on a bird collected in 1947 but was not seen again until 2004, when a trip discovered it to be moderately common in a restricted area of Mishmi Hills in Arunachal Pradesh.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Spelaeornis badeigularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- King, Ben; Donahue, Julian (2006). "The rediscovery and song of the Rusty-throated Wren Babbler Spelaeornis badeigularis" (PDF). Forktail. 22: 113–116. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-26.
- 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.
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