Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Data Deficient

Black-browed Babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata)


French: Akalat à sourcils noirs German: Schwarzbrauen-Mausdrossling Spanish: Tordina cejinegra

[Cacopitta] perspicillata


, 1850,

Java; error = Borneo


Previously thought to be a local race of M. sepiaria or to be conspecific with equally enigmatic (and now discredited) “M. vanderbilti”, but now considered a valid species. Monotypic.


The only specimen believed collected near Martapura, S Borneo.

Descriptive notes

c. 15–16 cm. Has drab brown crown, broad brownish-black supercilium from above bill to side of nape, crown shading to vague dull greyish-brown on nape, this in turn... read more


No information.


Probably lowland forest of some type.

Food and feeding

No information; diet presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Relatively short tarsi of the only specimen suggest that it... read more


No information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: responsible for defining Kalimantan Lowlands Secondary Area. Often reckoned to be... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Black-browed Babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata). 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 24 April 2019).