Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Marbled Wren-babbler (Turdinus marmoratus)


French: Turdinule marbrée German: Marmordrossling Spanish: Ratina jaspeada

Turdinus marmoratus


, 1880,

Padang Highlands, western Sumatra


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. m. grandior Voous, 1950 – #RPeninsular Malaysia.
  • T. m. marmoratus Wardlaw-Ramsay, 1880 – Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5 cm. Large, sturdy babbler with prominent scaling above and below. Has crown to back deep warm brown with blackish scaling, rump plainer, more chestnut-tinged and... read more


    Sings with clear double or single whistle, “puuu-chiiii”, “pyuuu-jhiiii” or “puuui-jhiiii”, with... read more


    Lower montane broadleaf evergreen forest; at 610–1220 m in Peninsular Malaysia, 1000–... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grubs; sometimes fallen berries and small fruits. Forages on or near ground, in undergrowth,... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Rare and local in Peninsular Malaysia. Present in Gunung Leuser and Kerinci... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Marbled Wren-babbler (Turdinus marmoratus). 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 19 April 2019).