Family Old World Warblers and Parrotbills (Sylviidae)


Jerdon's Babbler (Chrysomma altirostre)


French: Moupinie de Jerdon German: Jerdongrasmücke Spanish: Timalí de Jerdon

Chrysomma altirostre


, 1862,

island off Thayetmyo, in Irrawaddy River, Myanmar


Previously placed in Moupinia. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. scindicum (Harington, 1915) – R Indus Plains, in Pakistan.
  • C. a. griseigulare (A. O. Hume, 1877) – S Nepal and NC & NE India.
  • C. a. altirostre Jerdon, 1862 – formerly N & S Myanmar (Irrawaddy–Sittang Plain). No records since 1950 until recently refound at Udo (Yangon region, in S Myanmar)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm. Small, stubby-billed babbler with long graduated tail, plumage rich brown above, grey and buff below. Nominate race has forehead blackish with jagged ashy margins,... read more


    Song, usually from tops of reeds in early morning or evening, of various types, common version... read more


    Extensive tall riverine grassland of various types, in lowlands; seems to favour denser, uncut... read more

    Food and feeding

    Grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae) and small seeds reported. Found in pairs or in small parties of 3–... read more


    Sept in Pakistan, and Apr and Jul in India. Nest, apparently built by both of pair, a neat frail cup, shallow or deep, made of dried reed... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. One of a group of species that has suffered from massive reduction in area and quality of grasslands across S Asia. Nominate was known from nine sites in Myanmar... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Robson, C. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Jerdon's Babbler (Chrysomma altirostre). 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 22 February 2020).