Rufous Sibia (Malacias capistratus) - HBW 12, p. 272
French: Sibia casquée
Spanish: Sibia Rufa
Other common names: Black-capped/Black-headed Sibia
Taxonomy: Cinclosoma capistratum Vigors, 1831, Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Genus usually merged with Heterophasia. May form a superspecies with M. gracilis. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- capistratus (Vigors, 1831) - NE Pakistan (Murree Hills) E in W Himalayas to extreme W Nepal.
- nigriceps (Hodgson, 1839) - Nepal (except extreme W & E) and adjacent SW China (S Xizang).
- bayleyi (Kinnear, 1939) - E Nepal E to Bhutan and NE India (W Arunachal Pradesh) and S China (Chumbi Valley, in S Xizang).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird drinking several times Locality Pangot, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India (ssp nigriceps)
Guus van Duin 31 December 2005 8 years ago 14 sec 4.1
A bird sat in a tree then flying away. Locality Tarkeghyang, Helambu, Nepal (ssp bayleyi)
Keith Blomerley 13 May 2004 9 years ago 22 sec 3.7
taking a quick bath Locality Pangot, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India (ssp capistratus)
Martin Kennewell 7 April 2012 2 years ago 6 sec 3.5
A bird perched and looking around Locality Ghopte, Langtang National Park, Nepal (ssp bayleyi)
John Gregory 1998 8 years ago 5 sec 2.9
A bird on a branch, looking around. Locality Tarkeghyang, Helambu, Nepal (ssp bayleyi)
Keith Blomerley 13 May 2004 9 years ago 26 sec 2.5
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A perched bird
Locality Yuksom, West Sikkim District, Sikkim, India
Paul van Giersbergen 4 April 2015 30 weeks ago 4.8
A bird perched on a flowering Indian Coral Tree
Locality Kewzing, South Sikkim District, Sikkim, India
Paul van Giersbergen 31 March 2015 30 weeks ago 4.7
Coming to some left-over rice.
Locality Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India
Sam Shaw 2 March 2015 1 year ago 4.7
one of large flock feasting on berries
Locality Tawang, Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
rajat bhatt with raajas b... 2 January 2013 15 weeks ago 4
Locality Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India
NIKHIL ADHIKARY 23 May 2015 17 weeks ago 4
Sitting on a branch
Locality Munsiyari, Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand, India
Cedric Mroczko 14 February 2015 23 weeks ago 4