Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Ferruginous Babbler (Trichastoma bicolor)


Taxonomy

French: Akalat ferrugineux German: Zimtmausdrossling Spanish: Tordina bicolor
Taxonomy:

Brachypteryx bicolor

Lesson

, 1839,

Sumatra

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme S Myanmar (extreme S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (including Bangka) and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

16·5–18 cm; 27–34 g. Smallish babbler, rufous-brown above and creamy below, with brighter rufous tail and rather long hook-tipped bill. Crown is pale dull... read more

Voice

Sings with repeated loud, clear, rather sharp “u-wit” or “u-wee” (second note higher); also... read more

Habitat

Closed-canopy lowland evergreen mixed dipterocarp forest, selectively logged forest, upland heath... read more

Food and feeding

Ants (Formicidae) and other insects. Found in pairs or in small loose parties of 4–5 individuals. Usually in lower to middle storey... read more

Breeding

Apr–Jul in SE Asia and Feb–Sept in N Borneo (Sabah). Nest described as a small untidy open cup, made externally of dead bamboo... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to common in continental part of range, including Taman Negara National Park, in Peninsular Malaysia. Local and moderately... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Ferruginous Babbler (Trichastoma bicolor). 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/59518 on 24 February 2019).