Short-tailed Babbler

Scientific Name: Pellorneum malaccense
Malay Name: Kekicau Ekor Pendek Biasa
Chinese Name: 短尾雅鹛 (duǎn wěi yǎ méi)

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: malaccense, poliogenis

Local Subspecies: malaccense

Size: 13.5-15.5 cm

Identification: Adult has short tail, black moustachial, grey ear-coverts, white throat and long pink feet. Juvenile resembles adult but has browner head-sides.

Similar looking species: Abbott’s BabblerMoustached Babbler

Habitat: Tropical moist lowland forests.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages in the understory and on the forest floor for insects.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

Local Status: Uncommon resident.

Location: Central Catchment Forest.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Trichastoma malaccense)
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