Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Luzon Striped Babbler (Zosterornis striatus)


French: Zostérops strié German: Luzon-Streifenbrillenvogel Spanish: Timalí estriado

Zosterornis striatus


, 1894,

Isabela Province, Luzon, Philippines


Has been thought possibly conspecific with Z. latistriatus. Monotypic.


Luzon (Sierra Madre Mts and Bataan Peninsula), in N Philippine Is.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Smallish babbler, olive-green above and creamy yellow with extensive heavy blackish streaking below. Crown to rump are greyish olive-brown, former with vague... read more


Song, from treetops up to 15 m or so above ground, a high-pitched rapid series of “tsi” notes,... read more


Primary, secondary, selectively logged and degraded forest, bamboo forest, second growth, forest... read more

Food and feeding

Berries, small fruits and insects. Found singly, in pairs or in small parties, often in association with other species, notably ... read more


Two birds feeding intermittently on berries in early May were suspected to be feeding nestlings. No other information.


Resident; suggestion of some regional or elevational movement (common at site in Aurora in Feb,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA. Although once judged rare and local, and formerly considered... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Luzon Striped Babbler (Zosterornis striatus). 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).