Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Wren-babbler (Turdinus crassus)


French: Turdinule des montagnes German: Blasskehldrossling Spanish: Ratina montana

Corythocichla crassa


, 1888,

Kinabalu, north Borneo


See T. brevicaudatus. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

14 cm. Pale-streaked dark chunky small babbler with dull white throat and dull rufous belly, bristly forecrown feathers projecting forwards. Has crown to lower back blackish... read more


Song a clear, rather shrill and thin steady piping, e.g. “hi-hi-hi’hu’hi... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, reportedly preferring dense dark forest where terrain broken up by... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), also tiny snails. Found in pairs or in small (usually family) parties of 4–5... read more


Feb–Aug in Sabah. Nest described as a cup made of grasses, placed in moss-covered bank by forest trail. Clutch 2 eggs, white,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Uncommon in Sabah, but common in Mount Kinabalu National Park. Common in Gunung Niut... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Mountain Wren-babbler (Turdinus crassus). 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 18 April 2019).