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Rufous-fronted babbler

The rufous-fronted babbler (Cyanoderma rufifrons) is a babbler species in the Old World babbler family. It occurs in India's Eastern Ghats and from the Eastern Himalayan foothills to Southeast Asia at altitudes of 120–2,100 m (390–6,890 ft).[1]

Rufous-fronted babbler
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Timaliidae
Genus: Cyanoderma
C. rufifrons
Binomial name
Cyanoderma rufifrons
(Hume, 1873)

C. ambigua (Harington, 1914)

It is buff-brown with paler brown underparts and a dull rufous crown. Its upper wings, tail, supercilium and lores are whitish-grey. It is 12 cm (4.7 in) long and weighs 9–12 g (0.32–0.42 oz). Its song is a high-pitched tuh tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh.[2]

Stachyris rufifrons was the scientific name proposed by Allan Octavian Hume in 1873 who described a small babbler from the Pegu Range in Myanmar that was pale brown, had a rufous-coloured head and white lores.[3]Stachyrhidopsis rufifrons ambigua was proposed as a subspecies by Herbert Hasting Harington in 1914 for a rufous-fronted babbler with yellow lores, probably occurring in Sikkim, Bhutan Dooars and northeast India.[4] The rufous-fronted babbler was later placed in the genus Stachyridopsis, but is recognised as a Cyanoderma species since 2016.[5][2]

Stachyris rodolphei was proposed by Herbert Girton Deignan in 1939 for three babbler specimens collected at Doi Chiang Dao in Thailand. It is considered synonymous with the rufous-fronted babbler.[6]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Cyanoderma rufifrons". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN: e.T103895265A94483478. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103895265A94483478.en.
  2. ^ a b Collar, N. J.; Robson, C. (2016). "Rufous-fronted Babbler (Cyanoderma rufifrons)". In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hume, A. O. (1873). "Novelties – Stachyris rufifrons, Nov. Sp." Stray Feathers. 1 (6): 479–480.
  4. ^ Harington, H. H. (1914). "Notes on the Indian Timeliides and their allies (laughing thrushes, babblers, &c.) Part IV. Family Timeliidæ". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 23: 614–657.
  5. ^ Moyle, R. G.; Andersen, M. J.; Oliveros, C. H.; Steinheimer, F. D.; Reddy, S. (2012). "Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Core Babblers (Aves: Timaliidae)". Systematic Biology. 61 (4): 631–651. doi:10.1093/sysbio/sys027.
  6. ^ Collar, N. J. (2006). "A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae)" (PDF). Forktail (22): 85–112.

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