Spelaeornis longicaudatus (F. Moore, 1854) - Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


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This rare species is endemic. It inhabits moist evergreen and pine forests on the hilly regions (between 1,000m-2,000m asl), where the Brahmaputra flows (mainly in Assam, Meghalaya, and Nagaland). It breeds during April-June. It mostly forages on insects (BirdLife International 2019).

Conservation Status:  

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to shifting cultivation, timber extraction and overgrazing for domestic livestock (BirdLife International 2001).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2019. Spelaeornis longicaudatus (amended version of 2017 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22716137A155473011.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22716137A155473011.en. Accessed on 11 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Spelaeornis longicaudatus (F. Moore, 1854) – Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/spelaeornis-longicaudatus, accessed 2024/06/24.