Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Mindanao Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha plateni)


French: Zostérops de Platen German: Mindanaobrillenvogel Spanish: Timalí de Mindanao

Mixornis Plateni

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1890,

Mindanao, Philippines


Until recently considered conspecific with D. pygmaea. Monotypic.


Mindanao, in S Philippines.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 7.5–10 g. Tiny babbler, mid-brown above and greyish-whitish below, with striking white-streaked dark head, throat and breast. Forehead is almost black, crown and... read more


Calls include quiet “tchik”, “chik” or “chit” notes, sometimes repeated as series in quick... read more


Primary and secondary forest, forest edge and second growth, low fruiting trees in abandoned... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, some small fruits. Found in pairs or small parties, often in company with other species, including other babblers, in mixed flocks... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Mar–May. Nest materials include white fluffy (seed) matter. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. When treated as conspecific with D. pygmaea, considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species:... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Mindanao Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha plateni). 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).