Pomatorhinus montanus Horsfield, 1821, Java. Four subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Yellow-billed scimitar babbler; French: Moineau friquet; German: Rotrьckensдbler.
8 in (20 cm). Striking bird reminiscent of New World thrashers (Mimidae). Bright chestnut mantle, flanks, and vent. Brownish primaries and tail. White chest and throat. Remainder of head black, except for well-defined white eyebrow. Long curving bill bright yellow, with black at rear of upper mandible, extending along part of culmen. Legs gray. Melodious voice.
Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Borneo.
Lower and middle stories of forests, at all altitudes.
Often associated with laughing thrushes (Garrulax sp.). Single birds may be observed, but usually in small flocks. Vocal, but usually hard to see.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Continually hunting for snails, spiders, and insects, as well as small seeds and fruits.
Monogamous. Presumed to be similar to that of other members of genus, with cone or bowl-shaped nest of plant material constructed by both sexes, and containing four white eggs.
Not threatened but endemic in areas subject to increasing
loss due to logging.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
For many years, fairly small numbers have been exported through the cage-bird trade.
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