Babblers (Timaliidae)

Indian Scimitar-babbler (Pomatorhinus horsfieldii) - HBW 12, p. 168

French: Pomatorhin de Horsfield German: Horsfieldsäbler Spanish: Cimitarra India
Other common names: Deccan/Peninsular Scimitar-babbler

Taxonomy: Pomatorhinus Horsfieldii Sykes, 1832, the Deccan [= Mahabaleshwar, Satara North], India.
Has been treated as conspecific with P. schisticeps and P. melanurus; vocalizations extremely like those of former (from which differs only in lack of rufous on plumage), and perhaps better treated as conspecific; further field study needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • obscurus Hume, 1872 - W India (SW Rajasthan S to S Gujarat and SW Madhya Pradesh).
  • horsfieldii Sykes, 1832 - SE Gujarat S to Goa and NW Karnataka, and E to C Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and NE Andhra Pradesh.
  • travancoreensis Harington, 1914 - Goa S to Kerala and W Tamil Nadu.
  • maderaspatensis Whistler, 1936 - C & S Andhra Pradesh and N Tamil Nadu.