Long-tailed sibia

The long-tailed sibia (Heterophasia picaoides) is a species of Leiothrichidae from Southeast Asia. The species was once placed in the large family Timaliidae, but that family is sometimes split with this species being placed with the laughingthrushes in the family Leiothrichidae. The species is sometimes treated as the only species in the genus Heterophasia, with the other species being placed in the genus Malacias.

Long-tailed sibia
Long-tailed Sibia Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Arunachal Pradesh.jpg
From Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Heterophasia
H. picaoides
Binomial name
Heterophasia picaoides
(Hodgson, 1839)

Leioptila picaoides

Distribution and habitatEdit

The long-tailed sibia is found from the Himalayas through South East Asia and Sumatra. It is found in evergreen forest, oak and pine forests, secondary growth, scrub with large trees and forest edge habitats.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Heterophasia picaoides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Collar, N. J. & Robson C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) Pp. 271 – 272 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.