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Alternative name: Blackcap Mountain Babbler
Length 16-18 cm, mass 30 g
The only species in the genus Lioptilus. Affinities uncertain; possibly related to the Pseudoalcippe and Kupeornis babblers.
Forest patches, forest margins and scrubby vegetation including short woody Leucosidea and Buddleja thickets.
Often solitary. Inconspicuous unless calling.
Food is mainly fruit, but includes insects.
The nest is a cup built by both sexes using plant material, usually within 4 m (12 feet) of the ground. Two eggs are laid between October and February.
Song is distinctive; loud and melodious. Generally only heard in breeding season.
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