Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Ashy-headed Babbler (Trichastoma cinereiceps)


French: Akalat à tête cendrée German: Graukopf-Mausdrossling Spanish: Tordina coronigrís
Other common names: Ashy-crowned Babbler

Drymocataphus cinereiceps


, 1878,

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, western Philippines


Has been placed in genus Malacocincla or Pellorneum. Perhaps conspecific with T. malaccense, but song very different. Monotypic.


Palawan and Balabac, in W Philippine Is.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 22–26 g. Has crown to nape dull darkish grey, upperparts, upper­wing and tail dull rufous-tinged ochrous-brown; lores, cheek and ear-coverts pale grey,... read more


Song a series of 4–9 husky, stressed, forced, nasal “jhew”, “chieuw”... read more


Primary and secondary broadleaf evergreen forest, second growth and scrub, to 1300 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Found singly or in pairs, foraging near or on ground,... read more


Apr–Sept. Nest described as a cup, made of grasses, rattan fibres and dead bamboo leaves, lined with mosses and lichens, placed on... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Fairly common.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). Ashy-headed Babbler (Trichastoma cinereiceps). 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 on 15 October 2018).