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Black-eared shrike-babbler

The black-eared shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis) is a bird species in the vireo family, Vireonidae. It was traditionally considered as an aberrant Old World babbler and formerly placed in the family Timaliidae. It was long noted that their habits resembled those of vireos, but this was previously ascribed to the result of convergent evolution. It is found in Southeast Asia from the Himalayas to western Malaysia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Black-eared shrike-babbler
Black-eared Shrike Babbler Khangchendzonga national Park West Sikkim India 30.10.2015.jpg
Subspecies Pteruthius melanotis melanotis from Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India.
Black-eared Shrike Babbler Nimachen Sikkim India 04.11.2014.jpg
Subspecies Pteruthius melanotis melanotis from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim, India.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Genus: Pteruthius
P. melanotis
Binomial name
Pteruthius melanotis
Hodgson, 1847



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pteruthius melanotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  • 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.