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Snowy-throated Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Spotted Babbler; Austen's Babbler; Austen's Spotted Babbler

Stachyris oglei


15cm. A chunky, heavy-billed Stachyris-babbler:

  • Black mask between broad white supercilium and throat
  • Black and white streaks behind ear-coverts
  • Red eye
  • Breast with grey streaks
  • Upperparts and lower underparts dark brown
  • Wings and tail faintly dark-barred

Juveniles not described.


Only found in a small area in extreme northeast India (Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent Burma.
Restricted-range species. May be locally common but deforestation in its range is extensive and ongoing. Best known place for this species is the Namdapha National Park.


May form a superspecies with Spot-necked Babbler and sometimes even considered conspecific with it.


Understorey and undergrowth of moist dense broadleaf evergreen forest. Also in adjacent secondary forest, bamboo and scrub in ravines. Found at 300m to 800m.


Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in extremly fast foraging groups of 10 to 25 birds, also in bird-waves with similar-sized species.
Breedings season from April to July. The nest is reported as large domed or globular structure with an entrance near the bottom. It's placed on the ground under a bush in wooded ravine. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
Probably a resident species. Some short-distance altitudinal movements may occur.


  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. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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