Rusty-throated Wren Babbler ( Mishmi Wren Babbler)    Spelaeornis badeigularis


  • Spelaeornis: Greek word spelaion- cave; ornis – bird  { Cave dwelling bird}
  • Badeigularis: badius- chestnut-coloured; gularis –throated  { Chestnut Throated}

Distribution in India: Resident of Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh in India.

Description: Size of 9 cm. It has dark upperparts, darker grey ear-coverts, white chin and upper throat, chestnut lower throat and breast with dark-streaked feather centers, dark brown flanks and vent, more barring on underparts, and longer, stouter tarsus. While singing it exhibits distinct whitish crescent on lower edge of chestnut breast. The iris is brown; bill is black; legs are brown. Both sexes are similar.

Habitat: It is found in broadleaf evergreen forest at 1700–2400 m, present in dense low undergrowth with usually broken canopy of trees.

Food habits:  It eats Insects. It obtains food from cracks and crevices in undergrowth.

Breeding habits:  No Details available as of now.

Threats:  Timber extraction in Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts in Arunachal Pradesh, combined with forest loss and degradation as a result of shifting agriculture, are the most significant potential threats.