French: Akalat d’Abbott German: Rotschwanz-Mausdrossling Spanish: Tordina de Abbott
Ramree Island, Arakan, Lower Myanmar
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. abbotti
Blyth, 1845 – Nepal and extreme S Bhutan E to NE Indian states, E Bangladesh, SW & S Myanmar (including Tenasserim), W & S Thailand and NW Peninsular Malaysia.
M. a. krishnarajui
Ripley & Beehler, 1985 – Eastern Ghats (Odisha, NE Andhra Pradesh), in E India.
M. a. altera
(Sims, 1957) – C Laos and Vietnam (N & C Annam).
M. a. williamsoni
Deignan, 1948 – E Thailand E to E Cambodia and S Vietnam (Cochinchina).
M. a. olivacea
(Strickland, 1847) – extreme SE Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia (except NW), Singapore and Sumatra.
M. a. obscurior
Deignan, 1948 – SE Thailand and SW Cambodia.
M. a. concreta
Büttikofer, 1895 – Belitung I, and Borneo (including Matasiri I, off S).
M. a. baweana
Oberholser, 1917 – Bawean I, off NE Java.
15–17 cm; 26–32 g. Medium-sized hook-billed babbler, chunky, rather short-tailed and nondescript, brown above and greyish white to buff-tan below, with vague... read more
Song consists of repeated variable loud jolly phrases, usually of three (sometimes up to five) well... read more
Degraded broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forest, riverine forest and swampy coastal scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and small invertebrates. Solitary or in pairs, on or near ground. Forages with deliberate slow movements among leaf litter,... read more
Apr–May in Bhutan, Jan–Sept in SE Asia, at least Dec–Jan on Sumatra, and on Borneo May–Jun in Brunei and Jul–... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of its range in appropriate habitat, and common in parts of SE Asian range. Very rare and local in Nepal except in far E, where... read more
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