Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Least Concern

Sumatran Wren-babbler (Rimator albostriatus)


French: Turdinule à raies blanches German: Sumatrasäbeldrossling Spanish: Ratina de Sumatra

Rimator albo-striatus


, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, western Sumatra


See R. malacoptilus. Monotypic.


W Sumatra S to at least Danau Ranau#R.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Small, almost tailless streaky brown babbler with very long, slightly downcurving bill, white throat and prominent black malar. Crown, nape and head side are dark... read more


Song a short, clear, bell-like “puu” or “puh”, slightly increasing in volume, and repeated every 4... read more


Lower montane oak-laurel forest, at 1200–2850 m.

Food and feeding

Presumably invertebrates. Forages on forest floor. Two specimens were obtained when “running on a tall tree trunk”.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Present in Gunung Leuser and Kerinci-Seblat National Parks. Considerable effort was put into seeking more specimens than the two obtained during survey work in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Sumatran Wren-babbler (Rimator albostriatus). 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).