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Bornean Stubtail

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Photo by Michael HooperMount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, 29 August 2017
Photo by Michael Hooper
Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, 29 August 2017
Urosphena whiteheadi


[edit] Identification

9·5–10 cm (3¾-4 in)

  • Brown crown and upperparts
  • Long buffish supercilium
  • Long black eyestripe
  • Orangey-buff cheeks and ear-coverts
  • White underparts
  • Blackish breast sides and flanks
  • Belly may be buffish

Sexes similar. No information on juvenile

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia found in the mountains of northern Borneo (Kinabalu to Liang Kubung).

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Montane forests where they are usually to be found on the ground and in the undergrowth. There are generally seen at altitudes of 800-3150 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There main diet consists of invertebrates, particularly green aphids, but little other detail is known.

[edit] Breeding

The only nest recorded was constructed from plant fibres and placed low on a mossy bank.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Clement, P. (2020). Bornean Stubtail (Urosphena whiteheadi), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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