Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Flame-templed Babbler (Dasycrotapha speciosa)


French: Zostérops précieux German: Goldstirn-Brillenvogel Spanish: Timalí frentigualdo

Dasycrotapha speciosa


, 1878,

Valencia, Negros, Philippines


The populations on the two islands are reported to differ from one another sufficiently to warrant recognition of two races; further investigation required. Monotypic.


Panay and Negros, in WC Philippine Is.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Remarkable small babbler, greyish-green with complex head pattern of yellow, orange, black and white. Bristly lores and forehead are yellow, centre of crown black,... read more


Song pleasant and musical, of 7–10 quickly delivered, rather slurred sweet notes, starting... read more


Thick undergrowth and understorey in primary forest, secondary forest and degraded secondary forest... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including large ones, reported. Forages unobtrusively in undergrowth close to ground and in understorey bushes and in middle-... read more


Season on Negros apparently extended: breeding-condition birds in Feb, Apr, May, Aug and Dec, territorial behaviour in late Mar and early... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Negros and Panay EBA. Known from five localities on Panay (all found since 1980) and from 18 on Negros (five with post-1980... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Flame-templed Babbler (Dasycrotapha speciosa). 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 20 August 2019).