Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Malia (Malia grata)


French: Malia des Célèbes German: Mooswaldsänger Spanish: Timalí malia

Malia grata


, 1880,

Makassar district, Sulawesi


Has been treated as an aberrant bulbul (Pycnonotidae) or babbler (Timaliidae sensu lato), but initial molecular analysis places it within Locustellidae#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. recondita#R A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1894 – N Sulawesi.
  • M. g. stresemanni Meise, 1931 – C & SE Sulawesi.
  • M. g. grata Schlegel, 1880 – SW Sulawesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    28 cm. Large babbler not unlike a Turdus thrush, dull olive-green above and bright greenish-yellow below. Nominate race has crown and upperparts dull yellowish olive... read more


    Song by group a loud mid-pitched cacophony of guttural warbling and rapid harsh chattering or... read more


    Primary montane forest, mossy ridgetop forest, and occasionally disturbed forest, at 900–2400... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Uses bill to dig in rotten wood, dislodge moss and loose bark... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Widespread and locally moderately common. Fairly common (race recondita) in Gunung Ambang... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Malia (Malia grata). 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 23 February 2019).