Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Visayan Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha pygmaea)


French: Zostérops de Samar German: Koboldbrillenvogel Spanish: Timalí pigmeo

Zosterornis pygmæus


, 1896,

Samar, Philippines


Until recently treated as subspecies of D. plateni. Monotypic.


Samar and Leyte, in EC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Plumage is dull olive-brown above, slightly warmer on crown, lores darker brown than crown and this colour riding over eye in vague supercilium; mid-grey to greyish-... read more


Presumably similar to that of D. plateni.


Primary and secondary forest, forest edge and second growth, at 100–1100 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, some fruits. Found in pairs or small parties, often in mixed flocks with other species, including other babblers. Forages in... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Apr and May. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Visayas EBA. Not well known. Apparently uncommon to rare... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Visayan Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha pygmaea). 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 16 September 2019).