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Alternative names: Celebes Malia; Sulawesi Malia; Malia Babbler
With 28cm a large, thrush-like Babbler:1
Endemic to Sulawesi, an island of Indonesia.
Like other species placed in the family Timaliidae, the relationsship of this bird is poorly known and it's not even sure if it's a Babbler at all. It has also been treated as an aberrant Bulbul. More study is needed1. A recent paper places this species in Locustellidae4.
Prefers primary montane forests and mossy ridgetop forest, usually between 900 and 2400m. Sometimes also in disturbed forest.1
It feeds on invertebrates, mainly beetles and grasshoppers. The bill is used to search for food in rotten wood, loose bark and moss. Malias are usually encountered in small groups of 3 to 7 birds or in pairs. They are generally found in so-called bird-waves, including Sulawesi Drongo, Rusty-bellied Fantail, Yellow-billed Malkoha and Sulawesi Leaf Warbler. Sometimes they also search for food close to Sulawesi Dwarf Squirrels and Whitish Dwarf Squirrels. When foraging, the birds are calling often.1
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