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White-bellied Bushchat - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Timor Bushchat; White-bellied Chat

Photo by James Eaton
Camplong, W.Timor, Indonesia, July 2009
Saxicola gutturalis


15.5 - 17cm (6-6¾ in).


  • Black upperparts and head
  • White chin, throat and underparts
  • Large white wing patch, white bases of outer tail (luctuosus with less white in wings)
  • Sometimes short white supercilium over ear-coverts


Female or juvenile
Photo by Floresexotictours
Nusa Tenggara, Timor island, January 2017
  • Brownish upperparts
  • Pale brown supercilium
  • Creamy-buff underparts

Juveniles are undescribed

Similar species

Male is very similar Jerdon's Bushchat (but note white in wing), female to female of Grey Bushchat.


Endemic to Timor and some small adjacent islands.
Locally common restricted-range species.



Two subspecies recognized:

  • S. g. gutturalis on Timor and probably also Rote Island
  • S. g. luctuosus on Semau Island, off southwest Timor


Moist lowland forests and dry savanna up to 1200m.
In savanna usually replaced by Pied Bushchat.



Feeds on insects. Forages by sallying and gleaning in canopy.


Breeding season October to November, also May to June. One recorded nest was placed inside a dead hollow branch of an Eucalyptus tree. Lays possibly just 2 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726

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