Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Whistling-thrush (Myophonus borneensis)


French: Arrenga de Bornéo German: Borneopfeifdrossel Spanish: Arrenga de Borneo

Myiophoneus borneensis


, 1885,

Bungal Hills, near Sarawak, Borneo


See M. glaucinus. Monotypic.


Mountains of Borneo (from Mt Kinabalu E to Mt Menyapa and S to Mt Tegora).

Descriptive notes

c. 25–26 cm. Male is mostly bluish-black, with vestigial blue forehead-band, bluish sheen on throat and breast, brownish-black wings with small dull blue shoulder patch... read more


Calls include pleasant ventriloquial long-drawn whistle on one pitch, used in contact when moving... read more


Ground and lower storeys of submontane forest, usually but not exclusively along margins of rocky... read more

Food and feeding

Larger invertebrates and small vertebrates, including earthworms, crickets, beetles, snails, woodlice and frogs; also berries. Forages on... read more


Jan–Feb and Apr, and breeding-condition bird in Nov. Nest placed in crevice on high rock or between boulders, usually adjacent to... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Moderately common and widespread within relatively restricted range. Recorded from Mount Kinabalu National Park (Sabah) and Gunung Mulu National Park... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Bornean Whistling-thrush (Myophonus borneensis). 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 28 February 2020).