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Limestone Wren-Babbler

Limestone Wren-Babbler
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-22 6:07
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Points: 2
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Limestone Wren-Babbler
(Napothera crispifrons) 灰岩鹪鹛
Size: 16 cm

A rather long-billed and long-tailed medium-sized babbler: Greyish-tinged dark brown crown to back with black scaling. Greyish dark brown fluffy rump. Dark brown upperwing and tail. Greyish face with darker ear-coverts. Whitish chin to belly with broad grey-brown streaks especially on breast and belly. Grey-brown flanks, thighs and vent. annamensis with white throat and upper breast with broad dark streaks and grey lower breast and belly. calcicola like annamensis but with rufous underparts (not greyish). Locally in Burma a white-faced and a white-throated morph occurs. Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed.


Evergreen and mixed decidous forest and scrub in limestone hill country (with boulders and steep crags). Up to 2135m in Burma, below 915m in China and Thailand, 300 - 400m in Vietnam. Feeds on insects and seeds. Usually seen in pairs or small groups of up to 6 birds. Moves around in rocks and tangled vegetation. Can be secretive. Breeding season from August to September. The nest is a roofed cup or dome made of dried twigs, roots and other material. It's placed in a rock crevice. Lays 2 - 5 eggs. Resident species.

Found in south China (Yunnan), north Laos, north Vietnam, southeast Burma and Thailand. Locally common in its range.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-04-22 13:23]

That's a superb capture, .. an enviable one ;); .. excellent sharpness and light.



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