Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Golden-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus dennistouni)


French: Zostérops à calotte dorée German: Goldkappen-Brillenvogel Spanish: Timalí coronidorado

Zosterornis dennistouni


, 1895,

Cape Engaño, north-eastern Luzon, Philippines


See S. capitalis. Monotypic.


Luzon (N Sierra Madre Mts; one record Ilocos Norte), in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Distinctive small, slightly crested babbler, grey-olive above and pale yellow-buff below, with strong yellow crown and throat and contrasting black bill.... read more


Noisy, fast series of 3–5 notes, “pilit-pilit-pilit”, followed by 5–7 slower pulsing... read more


Primary forest, selectively logged and degraded forest and forest edge, bamboo, and adjacent tall-... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably invertebrates. Found singly, in pairs or in small parties of up to four individuals, often in association with other species.... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Apr, nest found in May, and nestlings and fledglings in May and Jul. One nest a cup of woven mosses, hair-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA. Locally fairly common to common, e.g. common at Dimapnat, and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Golden-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus dennistouni). 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).