Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Near Threatened

White-chested Babbler (Trichastoma rostratum)


French: Akalat à front noir German: Mangrovemausdrossling Spanish: Tordina pechiblanca

Tr[ichastoma]. rostratum


, 1842,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. r. rostratum Blyth, 1842 – extreme S Myanmar (extreme S Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra (including Riau and Lingga Archipelagos) and Belitung.
  • T. r. macropterum (Salvadori, 1868) – Borneo, including Banggi I.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·5 cm; 20·5–23 g. Smallish babbler, brown above and white below, with rather long narrow hook-tipped bill and shortish tail. Nominate race has... read more


    Song a repeated, quite high-pitched, clear “wi-ti-tiu”, “chui-chwi-chew” or... read more


    Riverine broadleaf evergreen forest and secondary growth, lightly logged forest, mangroves, upland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Grubs and insects. Usually in pairs. Forages on ground, hopping about rocks, trunks, branches and roots at water’s edge; also... read more


    Mar–Jun in SE Asia. Nest, built by both sexes over 18 days or more, a loose deep cup made of dead leaves, which may be collected from... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally fairly common to common in continental part of range, but now rare in Singapore; common in Taman... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). White-chested Babbler (Trichastoma rostratum). 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 April 2019).