Babblers (Timaliidae)

Blue-winged Siva (Siva cyanouroptera) - HBW 12, p. 269

French: Siva à ailes bleues German: Blauflügelsiva Spanish: Siva Aliazul
Other common names: Blue-winged Minla

Taxonomy: Siva Cyanouroptera Hodgson, 1837, Nepal.
Often placed in genus Minla, but markedly different vocally from latter and no evidence for a close relationship. Probably fairly close to Mesia and Leiothrix. Race orientalis fairly distinctive; taxonomic status requires further evaluation. Proposed race croizati (from Sichuan, in SC China) treated as a synonym of wingatei. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cyanouroptera Hodgson, 1837 - E Uttaranchal Pradesh E to Bhutan, all NE Indian hill states and NW Myanmar.
  • aglae Deignan, 1942 - NE India (Mizoram) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
  • wingatei Ogilvie-Grant, 1900 - NE Myanmar, N Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (S to C Annam), S China (discontinuously NE, C & S Sichuan S to Yunnan, and SW Guizhou, Guangxi, S Hunan and Hainan).

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  • cyanouroptera Hodgson, 1837 - E Uttaranchal Pradesh E to Bhutan, all NE Indian hill states and NW Myanmar.
  • aglae Deignan, 1942 - NE India (Mizoram) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
  • wingatei Ogilvie-Grant, 1900 - NE Myanmar, N Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (S to C Annam), S China (discontinuously NE, C & S Sichuan S to Yunnan, and SW Guizhou, Guangxi, S Hunan and Hainan).
  • sordida Hume, 1877 - SE Myanmar (incuding Tenasserim) and NW & W Thailand.
  • sordidior Sharpe, 1888 - S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • rufodorsalis Engelbach, 1946 - SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
  • orientalis Robinson & Kloss, 1919 - S Vietnam (S Annam) and adjacent E Cambodia (Phumi Dak Dam, in S Mondulkiri).