Alternative name: Common Brown Babbler
- Malacocincla abbotti
15 - 17cm. A medium-sized, non-descript Babbler:
- Short tail
- Heavy, hooked bill
- Drab olive-brown upperparts
- Bright rusty lower flanks and vent
- Throat and breast greyish-white
- Variable pale grey supercilium and lores
 Similar species
Buff-breasted Babbler is longer-tailed and much more ochraceous below. Spot-throated Babbler is much smaller.
Local resident in Himalayas (Nepal, Bhutan) and North East India (also Eastern Ghats) east to Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo and Sumatra.
Common in much of its range.
- M. a. abbotti (usually includes rufescentior and amabile):
- Eastern India (Eastern Ghats in northern Andhra Pradesh)
- Coastal south-eastern Thailand (Chon Buri Province to Trat); Ko Kut Island
- Borneo, Matasiri and Belitung islands
The mainland subspecies are poorly differentiated and maybe only concreta and baweana should be recognized.
Sometimes placed in genus Trichastoma.
Evergreen forest and dense secondary vegetation. Up to 1100m.
Feeds on insects and small invertebrates.
Usually seen singly or in pairs, near the ground. Forages with slow movements among leaf litter. Often quite tame.
Breeding season differs through range. The nest is a bulky, open cup made of dead leaves, bracken fronds, wet stems, moss, grasses, fern roots and rootlets. It's placed in a bush, weeds, clump of creepers or fern 0.5 - 1.8m above the ground. Lays 2 - 5 eggs.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
- Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
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