Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-faced Babbler (Zosterornis whiteheadi)


French: Zostérops de Whitehead German: Rostgesicht-Streifenbrillenvogel Spanish: Timalí de Whitehead

Zosterornis whiteheadi


, 1894,

mountains of northern Luzon, Philippines


Morphologically, genus Zosterornis could be restricted to this species, its type, under which arrangement the remaining (striped) taxa would require a new genus name#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. w. whiteheadi Ogilvie-Grant, 1894 – N & C Luzon, in N Philippines.
  • Z. w. sorsogonensis (Rand & Rabor, 1967) – SE Luzon.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 17–27 g. Olive-green babbler, yellowish below, with dull grey crown and dull chestnut face. Nominate race has forehead, lores, narrow supercilium (to just behind... read more


    Call/song a loud, rapid, busy twittering of snappy sharp metallic notes, usually in long series and... read more


    Montane mossy forest, broadleaf evergreen forest, pine forest, open forest, secondary growth, scrub... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, fruit, small beetles (Coleoptera) and spiders (Araneae). Found singly, in pairs or in parties of up to 30 individuals, often in... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Apr–Jun. No other information.


    Resident; records from Dalton Pass (migration bottleneck in C Luzon) suggest that some type of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA. Common in Sierra Madre above 800 m, and abundant in mossy... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Chestnut-faced Babbler (Zosterornis 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 16 September 2019).