Family Starlings (Sturnidae)


Visayan Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis rabori)


French: Rhabdornis des Visayas German: Braunkopf-Kleiberstar Spanish: Rabdornis de Rabor

Rhabdornis inornatus rabori


, 1950,

Lake Balinsasayao, Negros


Until recently treated as conspecific with R. inornatus, but differs in its larger size with notably longer tail (effect size 4.1; score 2); pale brownish-grey vs blackish-brown mask, more diffuse supercilium and paler, greyer crown, making a rather featureless head (3); browner-grey throat (1); and black blotches on lower hindneck (2)#R. Monotypic.

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Panay and Negros, in WC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

17–18.8 cm. Male has forehead and crown to hindneck light grey, lower hindneck with some irregular black blotches and few indistinct pale shaft-streaks, brownish-grey mask... read more


Calls described as a high-pitched “tzit”, repeated often, sometimes in fast series as “tzit tzit... read more


Submontane and montane forests above 800 m, up to 1750 m. Seems to prefer canopy of tall... read more

Food and feeding

Opportunistic, consuming wide range of items, including insects, and seeds and fruits. Keeps mostly to upper and middle levels of forest;... read more


Limited information. Season probably around Mar–Jun. Nest made from sticks, placed in tree hole. Details likely not to differ significantly... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Negros and Panay EBA. Rare and very local. This species is thought to have a very small global population comprising... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Visayan Rhabdornis (Rhabdornis rabori). 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 25 February 2020).