Moustached Babbler

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Scientific Name: Malacopteron magnirostre
Malay Name: Kekicau-Cangkuk Bermisai
Chinese Name: 须树鹛

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: magnirostre, cinereocapilla.

Local Subspecies: magnirostre

Size: 16.5-18 cm

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: Very rare resident. Possibly extirpated.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):


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 (Moustached Babbler)

BirdLife International. (2016). Malacopteron magnirostre. 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.