Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Spot-throated Babbler (Pellorneum albiventre)


French: Akalat à gorge tachetée German: Weißbauch-Erddrossling Spanish: Tordina golipinta

Neornis albiventris


, 1877,

Sengmai, Manipur, India


Might merit treatment in separate genus#R. Race ignotum has been considered colour morph of nominate, but is certainly subspecifically distinct and perhaps merits fresh taxonomic appraisal#R#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. ignotum A. O. Hume, 1877 – SE Bhutan E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent N Myanmar.
  • P. a. albiventre (Godwin-Austen, 1877) – NE Indian hill states S of R Brahmaputra and W Myanmar, probably also E Bangladesh#R.
  • P. a. cinnamomeum (Rippon, 1900) – E Myanmar, NW Thailand, S China (W & SW Yunnan), NW Laos and C & S Vietnam (C & S Annam).
  • P. a. pusillum (Delacour, 1927) – S China (SE Yunnan E to SW Guangxi) and N Vietnam (N Tonkin).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 21–22 g. Nondescript small round-tailed babbler, olive-brown above and below, with lightly stippled whitish throat and white mid-belly. Nominate race... read more


    Has surprisingly rich song like that of a thrush or chat (Turdidae), complex and quickly delivered... read more


    Scrub, secondary growth, bamboo, grassland, clearings, undergrowth in pine forest; from plains to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Shy and very skulking; in pairs near the ground in dense cover.


    Apr–Jul. Nest a small, compact globe or dome, sometimes semi-dome (or deep cup), made of grasses and bamboo leaves, lined with... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in Bhutan, where known from five specimens, all from Deothang area in 1930s. Status in India uncertain, with few records; rare... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Spot-throated Babbler (Pellorneum albiventre). 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 21 April 2019).