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Spot-necked Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by jaray
Kang Kra Jan NP, Thailand

Alternative names: Spotted Tree-Babbler; Tickell's Spotted Babbler

Stachyris strialata

Stachyris striolata


15.5 - 16.5 cm. A chunky Stachyris-babbler:

  • Black eye-stripe bordered with white
  • Black moustache, dark grey ear-coverts and white spots on neck
  • White throat
  • Rufous-chestnut belly
  • Rich brown crown, nape, wings and tails

Sexes similar. Subspecies with slight variation.


Found from south China (including Hainan) south to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Burma and on Sumatra (Indonesia). Locally common in its range.


Seven subspecies currently recognized:

This species has been considered to be conspecific with Snowy-throated Babbler.
The scientific name is also spelled striolata.


Undergrowth in broadleaf evergreen forest, bamboo, secondary growth and scrub. Found from the lowlands up to 1525m, in Sumatra up to 2200m.


Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups, often in bird-waves with other babblers. Shy and skulking, keeps to low undergrowth.
Breeding season from February to June in southeast Asia, March in Sumatra. The nest is a large, shallow dome or cup, made of dead bamboo leaves and plant stems. It's placed just above the ground in the base of thorny rattan or other low vegetation. Lays 3 eggs.
Resident species.


  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

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