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Species Guide

Rufous-capped Babbler

Cyanoderma ruficeps

The Rufous-capped Babbler, known scientifically as Cyanoderma ruficeps, is a small bird adorned with a pale olive plumage contrasted by a striking rufous crown and nape. This diminutive creature measures a mere 12 cm in length and tips the scales at a lightweight 7 to 12 grams.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify this species, look for its bright rufous crown and nape, which stand out against its otherwise pale olive body. The white throat is also a distinctive feature that can aid in recognition.


The Rufous-capped Babbler is a denizen of temperate forests, where it prefers the dense underbrush or the cover of bamboo thickets.


This species graces a range that extends from the Eastern Himalayas through to northern Thailand, Laos, eastern China, Vietnam, and Taiwan.


Observations of the Rufous-capped Babbler reveal a bird that is as active as it is vocal, often seen flitting through the undergrowth in search of sustenance.

Conservation status

The Rufous-capped Babbler is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating a stable population across its range.

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