Spotted Jewel-babbler Ptilorrhoa leucosticta

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A medium-sized, long-tailed, ground-dwelling bird of montane forest. Gray underparts, rufous crown and large, white spots in the wing. Obvious white cheeks which join in a narrow white band across the mid-throat, with black above and small white dots below. Races differ with either a green or brown back. Overlaps with the vaguely similar Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler, especially with an all-too-likely fleeting view, but Spotted is smaller, has a spotted wing and lacks the blue plumage. Song, a quickly repeated whistled note often with a crescendo. Call, a “whip” note.

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