Hoary-throated Barwing Sibia nipalensis
Hoary-throated Barwing, Dochu La Pass, Thimphu, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Dochu La Pass, Thimphu, Bhutan
March 2008

The Hoary-throated Barwing is distributed from Nepal through Bhutan and north-east India to adjacent areas of south China. It is found in oak forest and mixed oak, conifer and rhododendron forest with good undergrowth including bamboo.

It tends to be found at higher elevations than Rusty-fronted Barwing A. egertoni at 1,800 to 3,500 metres. Where the two species are found together, Hoary-throated tends to forage in the canopy while Rusty-fronted keeps to the undergrowth and bushes.

It has whitish streaking on the crest, nape and mantle, a greyish throat and breast and neat black and brown barring on the wings and tail.  The bill is dark horn in colour.
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