Blackcrowned barwing

Actinodura sodangorum

SUBFAMILY

Timaliinae

TAXONOMY

Actinodura sodangorum Eames, Le, Nguyen, and Eve, 1999, Ngoc Linh, Vietnam. Monotypic.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Actinodure de Vietnam; German: Schwarzkronensibia. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

9.6 in (24 cm). Like the other six members of the genus, a compact-bodied, brownish bird, with a short bushy crest, a long tail, finely barred with black, and edged with white, and primary feathers barred like tail. Unique among genus in possessing a black crown, bold streaking on the throat, and very dark wings. Sexes monomorphic.

DISTRIBUTION

Discovered in 1996 on Mount Ngoc Linh, Kon Tum province, in the western highlands of Vietnam. Since found in six further Kon Tum sites, and on the Laotian Dakchung plateau.

HABITAT

Montane evergreen and pine forest, as well as grasslands and cultivated land.

BEHAVIOR

Only observed as individuals or pairs, rarely with other species. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Gleans insects from foliage, primarily high in trees, sometimes in scrub.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous. Pairs often duet antiphonally. Nest undescribed.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable. Habitat increasingly encroached upon by agriculture, though able to tolerate at least some cultivation.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Target for ecotourists. ♦

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