Abbott’s Babbler

Scientific Name: Malacocincla abbotti
Malay Name: Kekicau-Belukar Biasa
Chinese Name: 阿氏雅鹛

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

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

Local Subspecies: olivacea

Size: 15-16.5 cm

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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Abbott’s Babbler)

BirdLife International. (2016). Malacocincla abbotti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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.