Chestnut-winged Babbler

Scientific Name: Cyanoderma erythropterum

Malay Name: Kekicau-Kantan Kelip

Chinese Name: 红翅穗鹛

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to SumatraTaxonomy:

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: erythropterum, pyrrhophaeum, fulviventre.

Local Subspecies: erythropterum

Size: 12.5-13.5 cm

Identification: Adult has chestnut brown crown, mantle, wings and tail, greyish head-sides/breast and blue orbital skin. Juvenile resembles adult but has paler plumage and duller orbital skin.

Similar looking species: Pin-striped Tit-Babbler

Habitat: Forest

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages in small groups, methodically foliage-gleaning in the middle and lower storey.

Local Status: Rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Central Catchment Forest.


BirdLife International. (2017). Cyanoderma erythropterum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. 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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