Short-tailed Babbler

Scientific Name: Pellorneum malaccense
Malay Name: Kekicau Ekor Pendek Biasa
Chinese Name: 短尾雅鹛

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: malaccense, poliogenis.

Local Subspecies: malaccense

Size: 13.5-15.5 cm

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 Babbler, Moustached Babbler

Habitat: Tropical moist lowland forests.

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

Local Status: Uncommon resident.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Trichastoma malaccense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.