Family Vireos (Vireonidae)

Least Concern

Pied Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis)


French: Allotrie de Java German: Weißbrauen-Würgervireo Spanish: Vireo alcaudón pío

Allotrius flaviscapis


, 1836,



Until recently considered conspecific with P. aeralatus, but split partly on molecular evidence#R#R and differs in its all-black vs grey mantle to uppertail-coverts in male (3); dull greyish olive-green vs grey crown in female (2); generally smaller size, best indicated by notably shorter tail (effect size in males vs geographically closest P. a. cameranoi and robinsoni combined −4.34, score 2); and evidently different voice#R (allow at least 2); in addition (except vs P. a. annamensis) all-whitish vs part- or all-buff or grey underside in female (1) or (vs P. a. annamensis) vestigial vs strong chestnut in tertials (2). Monotypic.

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Mountains of Java.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Adult male has crown, lores, cheek and ear-coverts black, broad postocular supercilium white, upperparts mid-grey, rump greyer, upperwing and tail black with bluish... read more


Song comprises a hard, loud, singled and doubled (more commonly) or singled and tripled “ip-... read more


Recorded in the midstorey and canopy of montane and submontane forest, at 1000–3000 m.

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably similar to those of P. aeralatus.


Virtually nothing known, but a male and female photographed on a nest in Apr, and still-dependent but fledged young in late Jan.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Javan and Bali forests EBA, with overall range estimated at 148,000 km². Uncommon to... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Robson, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pied Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis). 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 May 2019).