Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-crowned Babbler (Malacopteron magnum)


Taxonomy

French: Akalat géant German: Rotscheitel-Zweigdrossling Spanish: Tordina magna
Taxonomy:

Malacopteron magnum

Eyton

, 1839,

Peninsular Malaysia

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Sometimes thought to be possibly conspecific with M. palawanense. Potential geographic variation in song requires research#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. m. magnum Eyton, 1839 – extreme S Myanmar (extreme S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, N Natuna Is and Borneo (except N).
  • M. m. saba Chasen & Kloss, 1930 – N Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19·5 cm; 20–36 g. Mid-sized olive-brown and greyish hook-billed babbler with dull rufous crown, black nape and rufous-tinged tail. Nominate race has... read more

    Voice

    Song consists of three main parts: first part a series of clear well-spaced notes, “phu-phu-... read more

    Habitat

    Primary broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, disturbed and selectively logged... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including black beetles (Coleoptera), soft greenish insects, grasshoppers (Orthoptera), ants (Formicidae); some seeds. Forages... read more

    Breeding

    Mar–May in SE Asia; May–Jun on Sumatra; on Borneo, Aug–Sept in Sarawak and Mar, May–Jul and Oct in Sabah. Nest... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon to fairly common from S Myanmar and S Thailand into Peninsular Malaysia; less common than M.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rufous-crowned Babbler (Malacopteron magnum). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59508 on 19 February 2019).