Arun P Singh


Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler © Arun P Singh

Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler
(Pnoepyga albiventer)



Image details
1/125 sec;  ISO 640
Nikon D 70s, Sigma 170-500mm APO plus Nikon Speedlight SB20
Location: Kedarnath Musk Deer Reserve (1,800m), Uttarakhand
Date: 13 March  2008

Shoot details
This individual was spotted feeding on the ground amongst a pile of sticks /fencing in a farmyard. This individual was not very shy as I expected and gave this view for a few seconds. Again extremely cold weather and overcast conditions made this sighting possible.

Species details
Wren-babblers are dark, tiny little birds which inhabit dark damp places in the Himalaya.  Generally 'Tail-less' like the 10.5cm Scaly-breasted, most members of the family can be found in the Eastern Himalaya. They have a clear high-pitched rapid song - usually the only way to track them down in the field.  This fulvous morph bird is presumably of the pallidior subspecies.

A Birds of India presentation


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