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Chestnut-winged Babbler - BirdForum Opus

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ssp bicolor
Photo by chrisli
Malaysia, April 2010

Alternative names: Red-winged Babbler; Red-winged Tree-babbler

Cyanoderma erythropterum

Stachyris erythroptera


12.5 - 13.5cm. A rather small Cyanoderma-babbler:

  • Bluish eyering
  • Thin dark bill
  • Nominate has face, throat, breast and flanks dirty grey, becoming paler on breast and flanks; other subspecies are darker grey and have a complete grey head
  • Upperparts, wings and tail chestnut brown (also crown in nominate)
  • Legs pale grey to grey-green

Sexes similar.
Superficially similar to White-breasted Babbler, but note absence of white on throat and breast and ranges don't overlap.

ssp erythroptera
Photo by kctsang


From extreme southern Burma and Thailand to peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
Common in most of its range.


5 subspecies are recognized:

Has been placed in genus Macronous or in Stachyris.


Primary evergreen forest and older secondary evergreen forest. Also in selectively logged forest, bamboo brakes, upland heath, peatswamp-forest or tree plantations. Up to 800m in Thailand, 1220m in Borneo.


Feeds on insects, takes also small fruits.
Usually in small groups, methodically foliage-gleaning in middle storey.
Breeding season from December to September in southeast Asia, March to July and October to November in Borneo, maybe multi-brooded and partly a social breeder. The nest is a dome with side entrance made of dead bamboo and other leaves and dry grasses. Lays 2 - 3 eggs. Brood parasitism by Asian Drongo-Cuckoo reported.
Resident species.


  1. 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
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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