Moustached Babbler

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

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.

Size: 16.5-18 cm

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

Habitat: Forest

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

Local Status: Very rare resident. Possibly extirpated

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest. Last confirmed sighting of one bird was in 1993 at MacRitchie Reservoir.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2