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Negros Striped Babbler

From Opus

Alternative name: Negros Tree-Babbler

Zosterornis nigrorum
Photo © by Mark HarperLiptong Woodlands, Negros, Philippines,  March, 2019
Photo © by Mark Harper
Liptong Woodlands, Negros, Philippines, March, 2019


[edit] Identification

14 - 15cm.

  • Black forecrown and supercilium
  • Whitish lores, cheek and frontal ear-coverts with blackish flecks
  • Olive rest of crown, neck side and upperparts
  • Dark greyish-brown wings and tail
  • Underparts creamy-yellow with small dark streaks

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the island of Negros, Philippines. Only known from four sites, three around Mount Talinis and one around Mount Canlaon but recently only recorded at Mount Talinis.
Restricted-range species with tiny range, classified as endangered.

[edit] Taxonomy

May form a superspecies with Luzon Striped-Babbler, Panay Striped-Babbler and Palawan Striped-Babbler and has even be considered conspecific with Panay Striped-Babbler.
Like other Striped Babblers from the Philippines formerly placed in genus Stachyris.

[edit] Habitat

Montane forest, secondary and degraded forest, forest edge and adjacent banana plantations. Found at 900m to 1600m, mainly above 1000m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects and small fruits. Forages in foliage of understorey trees and bushes.
Seen singly, in pairs or small groups. Often in bird-waves with other species like Philippine Bulbul, Mountain White-eye, Mountain Leaf-Warbler, Blue-headed Fantail or Elegant Tit.
Female in breeding conditon seen in November. No information about nest or clutch size.
Resident species.

[edit] References

  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, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at

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