Babblers (Timaliidae)

Pygmy Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga pusilla) - HBW 12, p. 177

French: Timalie maillée German: Moosschuppentimalie Spanish: Ratina Pigmea
Other common names: Brown Wren-babbler, Lesser Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler

Taxonomy: [Pnoepyga] pusillus [sic] Hodgson, 1845, Nepal.
Has been placed in a monotypic genus, Microura. Was in the past sometimes treated as conspecific with P. formosana. Race timorensis seems to be possibly vocally distinct, may represent a separate species; further study required. Populations in S Laos have not been assigned to race. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pusilla Hodgson, 1845 - N India (SE Uttaranchal Pradesh) and Nepal E to all NE Indian hill states, N, W, E & SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), S & SE China (S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang and Yunnan, E to S Anhui and Zhejiang), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin, N Annam); also (probably this race) Hainan I.
  • annamensis Robinson & Kloss, 1919 - SW Cambodia and S Vietnam (S Annam).
  • harterti Robinson & Kloss, 1918 - S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.

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  • pusilla Hodgson, 1845 - N India (SE Uttaranchal Pradesh) and Nepal E to all NE Indian hill states, N, W, E & SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), S & SE China (S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang and Yunnan, E to S Anhui and Zhejiang), NW Thailand, N & C Laos and N Vietnam (W Tonkin, N Annam); also (probably this race) Hainan I.
  • annamensis Robinson & Kloss, 1919 - SW Cambodia and S Vietnam (S Annam).
  • harterti Robinson & Kloss, 1918 - S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • lepida Salvadori, 1879 - Sumatra.
  • rufa Sharpe, 1882 - Java.
  • everetti Rothschild, 1897 - Flores.
  • timorensis Mayr, 1944 - W Timor.