Streak-throated Barwing (Actinodura waldeni)

The Streak-throated Barwing bird, also known as the Streaked Barwing or the Yellow-throated Barwing, is a small passerine bird that belongs to the family of Leiothrichidae. Its scientific name is Actinodura waldeni.

This bird species is predominantly found in the Himalayan region, particularly in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. It inhabits dense forests, shrublands, and bamboo thickets at elevations of around 1,500 to 3,000 meters above sea level.

The Streak-throated Barwing typically measures around 17 cm in length and weighs approximately 35 grams. They are characterized by a distinctive yellow throat, which is bordered by black malar stripes. They have a crown that is greyish-brown and a streaked mantle, wings, and tail. Their breast and belly are rufous, and they have a distinctive white patch on their wings.

The Streak-throated Barwing is an omnivorous bird that feeds on insects, seeds, berries, and small fruits. They are known to forage in groups of up to 20 individuals and even have mutually beneficial relationships with other birds, such as the Bar-tailed Treecreeper.

Like many other songbirds, the Streak-throated Barwing is monogamous and forms lifelong bonds with their mates. They build cup-shaped nests made of twigs, leaves, and moss, usually placed in dense vegetation. The female typically lays two to four eggs that are incubated by both parents for around 14 days.

Despite being relatively common within their preferred habitat, the Streak-throated Barwing population has been declining due to habitat loss and degradation caused by deforestation. However, they are currently classified as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to their wide range and presumed large population.

Overall, the Streak-throated Barwing is a fascinating bird species with unique physical and behavioral characteristics. Their role within their ecosystem highlights the importance of preserving their habitat for the benefit of not only them but also for other species that rely on this habitat.

Other names

Actinodura waldeni



Streak-throated Barwing

actinodura de Walden



sivokruni drozdalj

timálie drozdí

Gråøret Skælvinge



Actinodure de Walden


Alabarrata golastriata


junaninė aktinodura


prążkopiór birmański


Юньнаньская сибия

prúžkavec machový

Sibia de Yunnan


Gri Başlı Yazılıkanat

сибія юнанська

Juņnaņas raibspārnis