Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)


Slender-billed Babbler (Chatarrhaea longirostris)


French: Cratérope à bec fin German: Schlankschnabel-Elsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide picofino

Pyctorhis longirostris

F. Moore

, 1854,



Birds reported from SW Myanmar not yet assigned to race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. longirostris (F. Moore, 1854) – SC Nepal and adjacent Oudh Tarai (NW Bihar, in India), also NE India from N West Bengal E through R Brahmaputra Plains to Assam.
  • C. l. arcana (Koelz, 1954) – Manipur Valley (NE India).
  • Descriptive notes

    22–23 cm; 35 g. Slim, long-tailed Chatarrhaea babbler, dark chestnut above and rufous-buff below, with dark narrow decurved bill. Nominate race has crown dark... read more


    At least two song types, one a rather strident, high-pitched series of shrill notes with short... read more


    Long grass (including Erianthus) and reeds, usually near water, ditches or lakes, grassy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly insects. Gregarious and noisy, as congeners, but in breeding season occurs singly and in pairs. Very skulking, staying in dense... read more


    May–Jun. Nest a neat cup made of leaves, grass blades, stems and a few twigs, bound together with fibres and rootlets, lined with... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Scarce and local generally, including in Myanmar. Virtually all remaining grassland in this species’ range is subject to intense pressures from local human... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Slender-billed Babbler (Chatarrhaea longirostris). 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 24 February 2020).