Monday, 15 August 2016

Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides)

Latin Etymology: Heterophasia ("different speech") picaoides ("magpie like")
Adult Long-tailed Sibia (subspecies H. p. wrayi) at Genting Highlands, Malaysia - July 2016

Featured Subspecies: Heterophasia picaoides wrayi
Weight: 40-46g  /  Length: 21-24cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Long-tailed Sibia is a member of the laughingthrush family though in person it has something of a magpie like quality with it's shape and movements.  It was the first species I encountered properly at Genting Highlands but while noisily feeding actively they also quite secretive and unwilling to show itself for more than a few moments.

Related Species:
ORDER: Passeriformes
FAMILY: Leiothrichidae
GENUS: Heterophasia
SUBSPECIES: H. p. picaoides, H. p. cana, H. p. wrayi, H. p simillima

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - Malay - Rimba Ekor Panjang ("Jungle Long-tail")
A locally fairly common species.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A pair seen in Genting Highlands

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto   

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