Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Near Threatened

Striped Wren-babbler (Kenopia striata)


French: Akalat strié German: Strichelgrunddrossling Spanish: Ratina estriada

T[imalia]. striata


, 1842,





S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 17–22 g. Bold-patterned small babbler with distinctive white face and underparts, and white streaks on brown mantle and neck. Crown and nape are black,... read more


Song a short clear monotone whistle, “chuuii”, repeated every 1·5–2... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, lightly logged forest and upland heath forest; swampy areas reportedly... read more

Food and feeding

Small thin insects reported. Usually singly or in pairs, sometimes in small parties. A terrestrial substrate-gleaner, foraging on or close... read more


May–Oct in SE Asia; bird in breeding condition in Feb and dependent young in May in N Borneo (Sabah). Nest an open cup, mainly of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon, occurring at fairly low density. Fairly common in Taman Negara National Park, in Peninsular... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Striped Wren-babbler (Kenopia striata). 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 19 April 2019).