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Scarlet-faced liocichla (Liocichla ripponi)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Liocichla
R. Swinhoe, 1877
Type species
Liocichla steerii[1]
Swinhoe, 1877

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The liocichlas are a group of birds in the genus of the same name, Liocichla, from the family Leiothrichidae. They are found in Asia from India to China. They belong to a clade also containing at least the Leiothrix, the barwings, the minlas and the sibias. Among these, they are an early offshoot, or basal lineage.[2]


Speciation in the group is thought to have begun with the ancestral species originating somewhere in southern China, making L. steerii the basal species. The lineage consisting of L. ripponi and L. phoenicea are thought to have had a split in the Pleistocene (0.07–1.88 Ma) with a similar split of the other lineage leading to L. bugunorum and L. omeiensis separated by the Hengduan mountains.[3]

L. steerii

L. omeiensis

L. bugunorum

L. phoenicea

L. ripponi

Phylogeny of the genus.[3]


The genus contains five species:[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Liocichla phoenicea Red-faced liocichla Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Northeast India, Nepal and western Yunnan.
Liocichla ripponi Scarlet-faced liocichla Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and southern China.
Liocichla omeiensis Emei Shan liocichla Sichuan, China.
Liocichla bugunorum Bugun liocichla Arunachal Pradesh, India
Liocichla steerii Steere's liocichla Taiwan.

See also


  1. ^ "Leiothrichidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  2. ^ Cibois, Alice (2003). "Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of babblers (Timaliidae)". Auk. 120 (1): 35–54. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2003)120[0035:MDPOBT]2.0.CO;2. S2CID 85629890.
  3. ^ a b Mays, Herman L; McKay, Bailey D; Tietze, Dieter Thomas; Yao, Cheng-Te; Miller, Lindsey N; Moreland, Kathleen N; Lei, Fumin (2015). "A multilocus molecular phylogeny for the avian genus Liocichla (Passeriformes: Leiothrichidae: Liocichla)". Avian Research. 6 (17): 1–13. doi:10.1186/s40657-015-0025-y.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Laughingthrushes and allies". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
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