Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Black-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops de Steere German: Schwarzkappen-Brillenvogel Spanish: Timalí coroninegro
Taxonomy:

Mixornis nigrocapitatus

Steere

, 1890,

Samar and Leyte, Philippines

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See S. capitalis (below). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. n. affinis (McGregor, 1907) – S & SE Luzon, in N Philippines.
  • S. n. nigrocapitatus (Steere, 1890) – Samar and Leyte, in EC Philippines.
  • S. n. boholensis (Rand & Rabor, 1957) – Bohol, in SC Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 13–16 g. Small dullish babbler, grey-brown above and whitish below, with slightly crested blackish crown, rusty malar and yellowish throat. Nominate... read more

    Voice

    Song appears to be a short series of “whit” notes running into a level or descending series of “du... read more

    Habitat

    Inhabits undergrowth in primary evergreen forest, thick forest, and forest edge, at 100–1140... read more

    Food and feeding

    No documented records of food; presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Found singly, in pairs or in small parties, often... read more

    Breeding

    Birds in breeding condition in Apr and May, nest-building in Apr, and nestlings in May and Jul. Nest, built by both sexes, a deep cup or... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare on Bataan Peninsula, on Luzon. Fairly common in Rajah Sikatuna National Park, on Bohol.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Black-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/59415 on 24 October 2017).