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Short-tailed Babbler

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Photo by jweeyhSingapore, March 2018
Photo by jweeyh
Singapore, March 2018
Malacocincla malaccensis


[edit] Identification

With 13·5–15·5 cm (5¼-6 in) like a small version of Abbott's Babbler:

  • Ochrous-brown crown
  • Nape, mantle and back paler
  • Rufescent rump with brown upperwing
  • Very short and often cocked tail
  • Thin bill
  • Greyish ear-coverts
  • Blackish moustachial stripe

[edit] Confusion species

Ashy-headed Babbler is very similar, but ranges don't overlap. Abbott's Babbler is bigger, has a longer tail and a thicker bill.

[edit] Distribution

Found in south-east Asia from southern Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra (with adjacent islands) and Borneo.
Locally common in its range, but patchily distributed.

[edit] Taxonomy

Has been considered to form a superspecies with Ashy-headed Babbler. Both species have been placed in genus Trichastoma.
Clements now places this species in the genus Pellorneum.

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized:

  • M. m. malaccense:
  • M. m. saturatum:
  • West Borneo, Bangka and Belitung islands
  • M. m. poliogenys:
  • East Borneo
  • M. m. feriatum:
  • Extreme north-eastern Sarawak (Mount Mulu)

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests. Also in secondary growth, scrub, thickets and overgrown rubber plantations. Up to 1000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects. Forages on or just above the ground. Usually seen singly or in pairs.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from February to September. The nest is a neat cup made of fine twigs, root fibres or leaves. Lays 2-3 eggs.

[edit] Movements

Resident, no movements known.

[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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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