Family Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae)

Near Threatened

White-necked Babbler (Stachyris leucotis)


French: Timalie oreillarde German: Perlhals-Buschtimalie Spanish: Timalí orejudo

Timalia leucotis


, 1848,

Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia


Birds in Sabah (and perhaps elsewhere in Borneo) reported to be vocally distinct; further research required#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. l. leucotis (Strickland, 1848) – S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • S. l. sumatrensis Chasen, 1939 – N & C Sumatra.
  • S. l. obscurata Mayr, 1942 – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 26–29 g. Small, rather short-tailed, chunky babbler resembling S. nigricollis, but duller above, with fewer white markings and grey breast.... read more


    Song a repeated, simple, whistled “uu-wi-u-wi”, “uu-wi-u-wi-u” or “uui-wi-oi-wi” (second note lower... read more


    Primary evergreen forest, selectively logged forest and heavily logged forest, extending up to 800... read more

    Food and feeding

    Black beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), caterpillars, small locustids. Occurs singly, in pairs or in small groups, sometimes in... read more


    Jan–Feb, May–Jun and possibly Dec. Nest a compact cup made of grass, roots and fibre. Clutch 3 eggs, white. No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Generally rare to scarce across range, appearing everywhere to occur at low density. In Borneo, use of mist-... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). White-necked Babbler (Stachyris leucotis). 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 January 2019).