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Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Javan Tit-Babbler; Yellow-throated Tit-Babbler; Grey-faced Tit-Babbler (but see Mixornis kelleyi!)

Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Carita, Java, Indonesia, 2007
Mixornis flavicollis

Macronous falvicollis


13 - 14cm (5-5½ in); a small Babbler:

  • Rufescent crown
  • Pale rufous-ruff breast
  • Greyish lores and ear-coverts
  • Buffy-brown upperparts
  • Iris pale yellow
  • Black bill

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


An Indonesian endemic, only found on Java. Restricted-range species but fairly common in some protected areas.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Kangean Tit-Babbler was formerly included in this species.

A former subspecies, javanicus, is now considered a synonym of flavicollis.


Dense lower to middle storey of open forest and secondary growth. Found in the lowlands.



Feeds on black beetle eggs and insects.
Usually seen in small groups, foraging methodically through tangled vegetation.


Breeding season February and April in west Java. The nest is a hollow ball, made of vegetable matter and placed close to the ground. Lays 2 eggs. Brood parasitism by Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo reported.


Resident species.


  1. 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/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. 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

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