Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-breasted Wren-babbler (Turdinus rufipectus)


Taxonomy

French: Turdinule de Sumatra German: Kastanienbauchdrossling Spanish: Ratina pechirrufa
Taxonomy:

Turdinus rufipectus

Salvadori

, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, western Sumatra

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm. Mid-sized babbler, scaled dark brown above, dull rusty with vague dark scales and pale streaks below, throat whitish. Crown, neck side and upperparts are warm... read more

Voice

Song a clear piping “hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-huuuuh” or “ip’ip’ip’ip’ip’ip-puuuuuh” (with c. 4–6 short... read more

Habitat

Primary montane broadleaf evergreen forest, and dense roadside vegetation in conifer plantations,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, small snails. Forages on ground among leaf litter, and just above ground level.

Breeding

Little known. The only nest described was cup-shaped; made of dead leaves, twigs and hairs, and wrapped around the branches of a leaning... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Locally common throughout mountain ranges of Sumatra, and found to be very... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rusty-breasted Wren-babbler (Turdinus rufipectus). 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/59529 on 16 February 2019).