Beautiful Sibia Heterophasia pulchella


Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red List criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2018 Least Concern
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status altitudinal migrant Forest dependency high
Land-mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 392,000 km2
Severely fragmented? no -
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend decreasing - suspected -
Generation length 4.9 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common in north-east India, although rare in Nagaland; frequent in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, India and uncommon in Myanmar and China (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
China (mainland) extant native
India extant native
Myanmar extant native

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
India Chayang Tajo - Khenewa - Lada
India Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary
India Dichu Reserve Forest
India Kane Wildlife Sanctuary
India Koloriang - Sarli - Damin area
India Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary
India Mouling National Park
India Nacho - Limeking - Taksing - Majha
India Nafra - Lada area
India Taley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
India Thungri - Chaglang - Poshingla Maji, Basti and Liak area
India Mount Paona
India Mount Zanibu
India Mount Ziphu
India Pfutsero-Chizami
India Barail Wildlife Sanctuary
India Sessa Orchid Sanctuary
India Monigong - Jorgging - Tuting
India Mandla Phudung
India Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest
India Shergaon - Tenzinggang - Kalaktang
India Namdapha National Park
India Mechuka - Tato
India Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
India Barail Range forests
China (mainland) Yarlung Zangbo Daxiagu Nature Reserve
China (mainland) Lhakhang
China (mainland) Zayü
India Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Altitude 1650 - 3200 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets/display animals, horticulture - - international non-trivial recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Heterophasia pulchella. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.