Bar-throated Minla (Actinodura strigula)

The Bar-throated Minla is a species of bird that belongs to the family of Leiothrichidae. This bird is primarily found in the Himalayas, ranging from northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, at elevations between 3,000 to 4,500 meters.

The Bar-throated Minla measures around 20 centimeters in length and weighs approximately 35-45 grams. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, which make it an appealing sight to birdwatchers. Its head and upper parts are greyish-brown, while the throat and upper breast are black, bordered by a distinctive white stripe around the neck, hence its name “bar-throated.” The wings of this bird are rusty-red, and the tail is black.

This bird primarily inhabits dense forests, where it feeds on insects, seeds, berries, and small fruits. Unlike other bird species that employ solitary habits, the Bar-throated Minla often lives in groups of six or more individuals. They spend most of their time socializing and foraging together.

During the breeding season, which is between February and June, males engage in a unique vocalization ritual to attract females. The males gather in groups and sing together in melodious and harmonic tunes. Female Bar-throated Minlas lay two to three eggs per clutch, which hatch after about 14 days of incubation.

The Bar-throated Minla is considered least concern in terms of conservation status. Although the population is declining, it is not deemed to be significant enough to warrant a "vulnerable" classification.

In conclusion, the Bar-throated Minla is a beautiful bird species that is known for its distinct and vibrant plumage and unique social habits. Though it is found in specific geographic locations and is not endangered, birdwatchers consider it a treasure to sight in their natural habitat.

Other names

Actinodura strigula



Bar-throated Minla

minla arlequí



prugastogrli drozić

timálie žlutoocasá

Brunhalet Minla



Actinodure à gorge striée


Minla codacastana


dryžagurklė minla


prążkopiór rudogłowy


Полосатогорлая минла

prúžkavec žltkavý

Minla colicastaña

rostkronad bandvinge

Sarıca Minla

мінла рудоголова

barnafarkú minla

bērastes minla