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Blyth's shrike-babbler

Blyth's shrike-babbler
Male of subspecies validirostris at Namdapha National Park
Conservation status
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Genus: Pteruthius
Species: P. aeralatus
Binomial name
Pteruthius aeralatus
Blyth, 1855
A rough distribution of the taxa within the species complex

Blyth's shrike-babbler (Pteruthius aeralatus) is a bird species found in the eastern Himalayas and Southeast Asia from northern Burma to southern Cambodia. Like others in the genus it is found in montane forests. Males and females have different plumages and variations occur through its range with several populations being treated as subspecies. It is part of a cryptic species complex and was earlier lumped as a subspecies of the white-browed shrike-babbler.


Illustration of a male P. a. aeralatus

Blyth's shrike-babbler is sexually dimorphic. There are many variations between the populations and some are more distinctive than others but they may not be easy to diagnose in the field. In general appearance it is very similar to the Himalayan shrike-babbler but all subspecies with the exception of validirostris have the tertials of males partly coloured rufous and partly fulvous.

Female of subspecies validirostris at Namdapha National Park

The common name commemorates Edward Blyth (1810–1873), who published the description and notes based on Samuel Tickell's specimen. It was earlier called Tickell's shrike-Tit.[1]


The species was described by Edward Blyth who credited the name to collector Captain [5][6]

  • The nominate form P. a. aeralatus described by Blyth in 1855 occurs in Burma and western Thailand.
  • P. a. validirostris described by Koelz, 1951 is found from parts of eastern Nepal to western Burma. This includes the forms nocrecus and glauconotus which were also described by Koelz (who was known for being a "splitter").[7]
  • P. a. ricketti described by Ogilvie-Grant in 1904 is found from northeastern Burma to southeast China and parts of Indochina.
  • P. a. schauenseei described by Deignan in 1946 is found in southern Thailand[8]
  • P. a. cameranoi described by Salvadori in 1879 is found in the Malay Peninsula and on the island of Sumatra.
  • P. a. robinsoni described by Chasen & Kloss in 1931 is found in Borneo.


  1. ^ Baker, E.C. Stuart (1922). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Birds. Volume 1 (2 ed.). London: Taylor and Francis. p. 333. 
  2. ^ Blyth, E. (1855). "Report of the Curator, Zoological Department, for April Meeting, 1855". Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 24: 252–281. 
  3. ^ Baker, E.C. Stuart (1930). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Birds. Volume 8 (2 ed.). London: Taylor and Francis. p. 609. 
  4. ^ Mayr, E & R.A. Paynter, Jr., ed. (1964). Check-list of birds of the World. Volume 10. Cambridge, MA: Museum of comparative Zoology. pp. 385–387. 
  5. ^ Reddy, Sushma (2008). "Systematics and biogeography of the shrike-babblers (Pteruthius): Species limits, molecular phylogenetics, and diversification patterns across southern Asia.". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47: 54–72.  
  6. ^ Rheindt,, F.E.; Eaton, J.A. (2009). "Species limits in Pteruthius (Aves: Corvida) shrike-babblers: a comparison between the Biological and Phylogenetic Species Concepts". Zootaxa 2301: 29–54. 
  7. ^ Storer, R.W. (1988). Type specimens of birds in the collections of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Ann Arbor: Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan. 
  8. ^ Dickinson, E.C.; Chaiyaphun, Somtob (1968). "Notes on Thai Birds. 1. On a small collection of birds from in or near Nakhorn Ratchasima province, Eastern Thailand". Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. 22: 307–315. 

External links

  • P. aeralatus validirostrisImages of type of

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