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Luzon Striped Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Location: Hamut Camp,Luzon, Philippines

Alternative name: Striped Tree-babbler

Zosterornis striatus


With 13 to 14cm a smallish Babbler:

  • Heavy blackish streaking on creamy yellow breast and vent
  • Crown greyish-brown
  • Upperwing and tail grey-brown
  • Blackish subocular ring and preocular supercilium

Similar species

Negros Striped-Babbler is similar but less heavily streaked and ranges don't overlap.


Endemic to the island of Luzon (Philippines). There found in the Northern Sierra Madre Mountains and on the Bataan Peninsula.
Locally common and despite the tiny range actually not considered threatened.


May form a superspecies with Panay Striped-Babbler, Negros Striped-Babbler and Palawan Striped-Babbler and has even be considered conspecific with Panay Striped-Babbler.
Like other Striped Babblers from the Philippines formerly placed in genus Stachyris.


Moist lowland forest between 115 and 1000m. Found in primary, secondary and degraded forest.


Feeds on berries, insects and small fruits.
Usually seen in the middle and upper storey, mostly in pairs or small flocks, often together with other species like Golden-crowned Babbler.
Breeding suspected in early May, but no other information about nest or eggs.


  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, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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