Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Least Concern

Crescent-chested Babbler (Cyanoderma melanothorax)


Taxonomy

French: Timalie perlée German: Perlwangen-Buschtimalie Spanish: Timalí perlado
Taxonomy:

Myiothera melanothorax

Temminck

, 1823,

Mount Gede (6°47’ S, 106°59’ E), west Java

.

Has sometimes been placed in Macronus. Plumage geographically variable, to greater extent than reflected by current subspecific classification; nevertheless, mendeni and albigula sometimes merged with nominate. A further, undescribed race may exist on Bawean I, off NE Java. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. melanothorax (Temminck, 1823) – W & C Java.
  • C. m. mendeni Neumann, 1935 – Indramayu, in W Java.
  • C. m. albigula Stresemann, 1930 – Mt Papandayan, in W Java.
  • C. m. intermedium (Robinson, 1918) – E Java.
  • C. m. baliense E. J. O. Hartert, 1915 – Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    13 cm. Small, rather long-billed Stachyris babbler, ochrous-brown above, with rufous wings, pale below, with black crescent across breast. Nominate race has crown... read more

    Voice

    Song a quick rolling piping trill, “phr’r’r’r’r’r’r... read more

    Habitat

    Dense thickets and thick scrub usually at forest edge, monsoon forest, wooded areas around villages... read more

    Food and feeding

    Spiders (Araneae) and insects. Forages in parties, occasionally associating with Stachyris thoracica and S. grammiceps,... read more

    Breeding

    Recorded in all months except Jul (peak May–Jun in W Java). Nest a hollow dome with large side entrance near top, made of rattan,... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Generally common. Common in Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park and present in Ujung... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Crescent-chested Babbler (Cyanoderma melanothorax). 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/59443 on 20 August 2019).