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Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis  
Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :secondary growth around the Shihmen Reservoir, Longtan Town, Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Date : 21 December 2014
English synonyms:Black-necklaced Scimitar-Babbler, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler
Bird Family :Timaliidae - Babblers, Babaxes, Mesia, Leiothrix, Cutias, Barwings, Minlas, Fulvettas, Crociases, Sibias, Yuhinas, Myzornis, Parrotbills & Rhabdornises
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :The only other scimitar babbler in Taiwan is also an endemic bird. Not uncommon but more often heard then seen well. We were fortunate that Richard Foster spotted one in the early morning, calling out responsively, and it was located in some under growth that was just below us. In my excitement, I zoomed right in and images were a little less sharp due to the lighting.

This is a bigger scimitar babbler with a longer down-curved beak. Although I only saw one bird, I had extended views of it. Descriptions of this bird need to be improved as the colours are much richer and varied than described. There are delightful, bright chestnut strips at the tip of the forehead, just anterior to the eyes. Another small chestnut patch above the black moustachial stripe, at the base of the bill. The peri-orbital skin and feathers are bluish anteriorly and posteriorly. There is also a bluish tint to the ear coverts and malar region when seen in good light (seen in some images even without any processing). The striking feature is the one that it is named after, the large black stripes in the neck extending to the upper breast that stand out against the white background. There is a nice rufous to rufous-brown on the mantle, wings and tail. The iris is much lighter than described, a pale yellow. All in all a magnificent bird. - Amar

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to Taiwan.

Following Collar, N. J. (2006) A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae). Forktail 22: 85-112, Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus (erythrogenys) mcclellandi, Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus (e.) gravivox, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus (e.) swinhoei are now treated as separate species.

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