Moustached Babbler

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Scientific Name: Malacopteron magnirostre

Malay Name: Kekicau-Cangkuk Bermisai

Chinese Name: 须树鹛

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: magnirostre, cinereocapilla.

Local Subspecies: magnirostre

Size: 16.5-18 cm

Identification: Adult has rather uniform olive-brown crown and mantle, greyish head-sides, distinctive dark moustachial stripe, whitish underparts with vague streaking across breast and strongly rufescent tail. Juvenile has indistinct moustachial and pinkish lower mandible.

Similar looking species: Abbott's Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler

Habitat: Forest

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages at the lower mid-stratum and understorey of forests.

Local Status: Former resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

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BirdLife International. (2016). Malacopteron magnirostre. 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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