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Nonggang Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by James Eaton
Location: Nonggang NNR, Guangxi, China
Stachyris nonggangensis


This species was just recently described after being discovered in 2005. 16 cm (6¼ in)

  • Dark greyish-brown body and chin
  • White throat with dark greyish-brown spots
  • Dark spots on upper breast
  • White crescent-shaped patches behind ear-coverts
  • Black bill

Similar to Sooty Babbler, but the colour of the bill, the spots on breast and throat and the lack of an eye-ring distinguish the two species. The sexes are similar.


Only known from the Nonggang Natural Reserve in Guanxi, S China. Probably occurs also in adjacent N Vietnam.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Karst seasonal forest.



Often found on stones, only rarely in trees. They forage between the rocks, turning around leaves, probably feeding on insects and other arthropods. They were only seen in single-species flocks.


Breeding season starts probably in February as the birds were seen in pairs then and no longer in flocks. No other information about breeding.


Probably resident, no movements known.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fang Z. & Aiwu J. 2008. A new species of Babbler (Timaliidae: Stachyris) from the Sino-Vietnamese border region of China. In: The Auk 125 (2).

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