Rusty-fronted Barwing Actinodura egertoni
Rusty-fronted Barwing, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan
March 2008

The Rusty-fronted Barwing is distributed from Nepal, Bhutan and north-east India into Myanmar and south China. It is found in broadleaf, evergreen forest and is often associated with bamboo. It forages for insects, berries and seeds in the undergrowth and mid-storey of the forest and forest edges. It is usually at between 600 and 2,400 metres altitude.

Rusty-fronted Barwing, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It has a rufous forehead and front to the head, an unstreaked grey crown and nape and an unstreaked brown back. The wings are barred black and the tail is long and has whitish tips. The bill is yellow.

It moves around in small bands often with laughingthrushes and we found that Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills Paradoxornis ruficeps were most easily seen when foraging with Rusty-fronted Barwings.
Rusty-fronted Barwing, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image
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