White-chested Babbler

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Scientific Name: Pellorneum rostratum

Malay Name: Kekicau-Telunjuk Dada Putih

Chinese Name: 白胸雅鹛

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: rostratum, macropterum.

Local Subspecies: rostratum

Size: 15-16.5 cm

Identification: Adult has narrow bill, cold brown upperparts and clean white underparts with grey-washed breast-side. Juvenile looks similar to adult.

Habitat: Forest, swamp forest and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on small invertebrates taken from the forest floor, mainly in wet areas.

Local Status: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2016). Pellorneum rostratum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22715792A94469277.en. 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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