This rare species is endemic. It inhabits moist evergreen and pine forests on the hilly regions (between 1,000m-2,000m asl), where the Brahmaputra flows (mainly in Assam, Meghalaya, and Nagaland). It breeds during April-June. It mostly forages on insects (BirdLife International 2019).
According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to shifting cultivation, timber extraction and overgrazing for domestic livestock (BirdLife International 2001).
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Spelaeornis longicaudatus (F. Moore, 1854) – Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1689/Spelaeornis-longicaudatus
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