Family Bush-warblers (Scotocercidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Stubtail (Urosphena whiteheadi)


French: Bouscarle de Bornéo German: Borneostutzschwanz Spanish: Buscarla colicorta de Borneo

Orthnocichla whiteheadi


, 1888,

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo




Mountain ranges of Borneo (Mt Kinabalu S to Liang Kubung and Müller Range; recently found in the SE part in Meratus Mts#R).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm. Tiny, long-legged ground-loving warbler with very short tail. Has brown crown and upperparts, long buffish-brown supercilium and equally long and broad dark... read more


Very poorly known and usually quiet; most frequent vocalization a long, drawn-out, high-pitched and... read more


Inhabits undergrowth and ground layer of montane forest, at altitudes between 800 m and 3150 m.

Food and feeding

Diet little known; takes ground-level invertebrates and, in particular, green aphids (Aphoidea). Usually alone. Forages in thick... read more


Only one nest found, in Apr 1982, consisted mostly of reddish plant fibres, built low down on mossy bank. No information on clutch size or... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Common above 2000 m. Occurs in Mount Kinabalu National Park.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Bornean Stubtail (Urosphena whiteheadi). 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 17 February 2019).