Abbott’s Babbler

Scientific Name: Malacocincla abbotti

Malay Name: Kekicau-Belukar Biasa

Chinese Name: 阿氏雅鹛

Range: Found from Nepal, Northeast India, mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra to Borneo.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: abbotti, krishnarajui, williamsoni, obscurior, altera, olivacea, concreta, baweana.

Local Subspecies: olivacea

Size: 15-16.5 cm

Identification: Nondescript babbler with brownish plumage, bright rufous-buff lower flanks and vent, whitish throat, greyish supercilium, red eyes and rather large bill.

Similar looking species: Short-tailed Babbler, Moustached Babbler

Habitat: Forest, secondary growth and suitable wooded areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually seen singly or in pairs foraging near the ground for insects and small invertebrates.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Pulau Ubin, SBWR, West Coast Park and Sentosa.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Malacocincla abbotti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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