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ssp erythroptera
Photo by firecrest15
Taman Negara NP, Malaysia, 23 April 2012

Alternative names: Red-winged Babbler; Red-winged Tree-babbler

Cyanoderma erythropterum

Stachyris erythroptera


12.5 - 13.5cm. A rather small Cyanoderma-babbler:

  • Bluish eyering
  • Thin dark bill
  • Nominate has face, throat, breast and flanks dirty grey, becoming paler on breast and flanks; other subspecies are darker grey and have a complete grey head
  • Upperparts, wings and tail chestnut brown (also crown in nominate)
  • Legs pale grey to grey-green

Sexes similar.

Similar species

Superficially similar to White-breasted Babbler, but note absence of white on throat and breast and ranges don't overlap.

ssp erythroptera
Photo by kctsang
Singapore, 18th April 2007


From extreme southern Burma and Thailand through peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra and surrounding islands.
Common in most of its range.


Formerly included Grey-hooded Babbler.


Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

  • C. e. erythropterum from extreme southern Myanmar and southern Thailand to peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Natuna Island.
  • C. e. pyrrhophaeum on Sumatra, Bangka, Belitung and Batu islands
  • C. e. fulviventre on Banyak Island off Sumatra

Has been placed in genus Macronous or in Stachyris.


Primary evergreen forest and older secondary evergreen forest. Also in selectively logged forest, bamboo brakes, upland heath, peatswamp-forest or tree plantations. Up to 800 m asl in Thailand, 1220m in Borneo.


Feeds on insects, takes also small fruits.
Usually in small groups, methodically foliage-gleaning in middle storey.
Breeding season from December to September in southeast Asia, maybe multi-brooded and partly a social breeder. The nest is a dome with side entrance made of dead bamboo and other leaves and dry grasses. Lays 2 - 3 eggs. Brood parasitism by Asian Drongo-Cuckoo reported.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. 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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