Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Black-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus)


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

Mixornis nigrocapitatus


, 1890,

Samar and Leyte, Philippines


See S. capitalis. 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


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


    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


    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



    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. (2019). 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 on 20 August 2019).