French: Akalat à calotte brune German: Braunscheitel-Erddrossling Spanish: Tordina coroniparda
SW Sri Lanka
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. babaulti
(T. Wells, 1919) – dry zone of N & E Sri Lanka.
P. f. fuscocapillus
(Blyth, 1849) – wet zone of SW & C Sri Lanka.
16 cm; 30 g. Smallish, plain brown babbler with dark brown crown and bright rufous-tan underparts. Nominate race has crown, nape and upper mantle dark brown with pale buff... read more
Song a monotonously repeated, loud, rich, clear whistle, middle note pitched higher and last note... read more
Dense thickets, brushwood and undergrowth both within and outside evergreen broadleaf forest, also... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including large beetles (Coleoptera). Found in pairs or in small parties of up to five or so individuals. Spends most time on or... read more
Feb–Apr and Sept–Dec, mainly Mar–Apr. Nest a loose ball with large lateral entrance, or occasionally a cup, made of dead... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Common in lowlands and hills; widespread throughout the island, including Sinharaja Forest... read more
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