Sri Lanka scimitar babbler

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Sri Lanka scimitar babbler
Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler (cropped).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Timaliidae
Genus: Pomatorhinus
Species: P. melanurus
Binomial name
Pomatorhinus melanurus
Blyth, 1847

The Sri Lanka scimitar babbler or Ceylon scimitar babbler (Pomatorhinus melanurus) is an Old World babbler. It is endemic to the island of Sri Lanka, and was formerly treated as a subspecies of Indian scimitar babbler.[2] The nominate form is found in the western part of wet hill regions of Sri Lanka, while race holdsworthi is found in the dry lowlands and eastern hills.[3]

In culture[edit]

Most scimitar babbler species are referred as parandel kurulla[4] by the Sinhala speaking community. The term 'parandel' refers to dried grass and probably refers to the color of the bird. The vernacular name of the bird parandel kurulla roughly translates to English as 'dried-grass colored bird'. This bird appears in a 4.50 rupee Sri Lankan postal stamp.[5]

Two birds (above) with an ashy-headed laughingthrush


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pomatorhinus melanurus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Collar, NJ (2006) A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22:85–112 PDF
  3. ^ Kaluthota, CD (2009) Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler - A recent addition to the endemic birds of Sri Lanka. Siyoth 2(1):35-37 PDF Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Anonymous (1998). "Vernacular Names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" (PDF). Buceros. 3 (1): 53–109. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-01. 
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