Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Whistling-thrush (Myophonus borneensis)


Taxonomy

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

Myiophoneus borneensis

Slater

, 1885,

Bungal Hills, near Sarawak, Borneo

.

See M. glaucinus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58395 on 17 September 2019).