Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus capitalis)


French: Zostérops de Tweeddale German: Gelbkehl-Brillenvogel Spanish: Timalí mitrado

Mixornis (?) capitalis


, 1877,

Dinagat, Philippines


Previously considered conspecific with S. dennistouni and S. nigrocapitatus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. c. capitalis (Tweeddale, 1877) – Dinagat, in EC Philippines.
  • S. c. euroaustralis (Parkes, 1988) – Mindanao (excluding Zamboanga Peninsula), in S Philippines.
  • S. c. isabelae (Parkes, 1963) – W Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 14–19 g. Distinctive smallish babbler, with bold whitish streaks on head and upperside, rusty crown and throat, and whitish underside. Nominate race has... read more


    Song unrecorded, but probably very like that of S. nigrocapitatus. Call usually soft and... read more


    Middle and lower storeys (occasionally lower canopy) of primary and logged forest, and forest edge... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Found singly, in pairs or in small parties, often in... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Mar and Jun, and immatures in Feb, May and Aug. No further information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Generally uncommon.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Rusty-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus capitalis). 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).