French: Akalat à calotte maillée German: Schuppenstirn-Zweigdrossling Spanish: Tordina coroniescamada
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. indochinense
(Robinson & Kloss, 1921) – Indochinese Babbler – E Thailand, Cambodia, C & S Laos and Vietnam (S from SE Tonkin).
M. c. cinereum
Eyton, 1839 – Scaly-crowned Babbler – S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (including Batu Is, Riau and Lingga Archipelagos, and Bangka I), N Natuna Is and Borneo.
M. c. niasense
(Riley, 1937) – Nias I, off W Sumatra.
M. c. rufifrons
Cabanis, 1851 – W & C Java.
14–16 cm; 14–21 g. Rather similar to M. affine, but paler above, with black-tipped dull rufous anterior crown, pale legs. Nominate race has erectile... read more
Song variable, with four main parts which can be combined in various ways: first part a rapidly... read more
Primary broadleaf evergreen forest, second growth, coastal swamp-forest, upland kerangas,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), surprisingly large locustids, ants (Formicidae), grubs, spiders (Araneae); also some fruits... read more
Feb–Oct in SE Asia; in Borneo, Jul–Aug in Sarawak, breeding-condition birds May–Jul in Sabah, and May–Sept in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common resident in SE Asian range, but apparently local in Cambodia. Common in Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, in Thailand, and... read more
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