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Flame-templed Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Orange-templed Babbler; Rough-templed Babbler; Beautiful Roughtemple; Rusty-crowned Babbler

Photo © by Rob Hutchinson
Mount Kanlaon, Negros, Philippines, January 2007
Dasycrotapha speciosa


A small (13cm) but unmistakable Babbler1:

  • Complex head pattern with yellow, orange, black and white
  • Yellow orbital skin around eye
  • Olive-grey upperparts with whitish shaft streaks
  • Yellow to olive-yellow underparts

Sexes are similar, juveniles similar to adults.


Endemic to the Philippines where only found on Negros and Panay.1
A restricted-range species which is severly threatened by deforestation. The population is obviously declining and the species disappearing from many areas. Present in North Negros Forest Reserve and Mount Canlaon National Park.1


Monotypic1, 2. However, the two populations on the two islands may differ sufficiently to warrant recognition of two subspecies in future.
Some authorities place this species in the genus Stachyris.


Found in dense undergrowth and understory in primary forest. Also in secondary and degraded forest and forest edge. Usually at 75m - 1180m.1


Usually seen near the ground, foraging slowly and methodically among leaves. Seen singly or in small groups of three or sometimes more birds. Often associating with other birds like Fantails, Tailorbirds or Leaf-warblers.


Feeds on insects.


Not much information about breeding. Juvenile birds known from August, birds in breeding condition from different months.


Resident species.1


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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