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White-breasted Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: White-breasted Tree-Babbler; Javan Babbler

Stachyris grammiceps


12cm. A small Stachyris-babbler:

  • Blackish crown and moustache stripe, streaked with white
  • Grey ear-coverts and nape
  • Rufous back and tail
  • Grey flanks on white underparts

Sexes similar, juveniles like adults.


Endemic to Java, Indonesia.
Patchily distributed but common in appropriate habitat.




Moist lowland forests. Mainly below 1000m


Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in small singe-species groups of up to 30 birds, mostly around 6 birds. Sometimes in mixed flocks with other babbler like Crescent-chested Babbler and Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler. Forages in undergrowth and middle stratum, sometimes hanging upside-down.
Breeding in all months with a peak in May to June. No other information about nest or clutch size.
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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