Pteruthius flaviscapis, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Ciu Besar

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Pteruthius flaviscapis, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Ciu Besar

The White-browed Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis) is a bird species traditionally considered an aberrant Old World babbler and placed in the family Timaliidae. But as it seems, it belongs to an Asian offshoot of the American vireos and may well belong in the Vireonidae. Indeed, since long it was noted that their habits resemble those of vireos, but this was believed to be the result of convergent evolution.

It is found in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropiPteruthius-flaviscapiscal or tropical moist montane forests.

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