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Mindanao Pygmy Babbler - BirdForum Opus

nominate ssp
Photo by James Eaton
PICOP, Mindanao, Philippines, February 2005

Alternative name: Platen's Babbler

Dasycrotapha plateni


10cm. A tiny babbler.

  • Mid-brown above
  • Greyish-whitish below
  • Striking white-streaked dark head, throat and breast


Endemic to small areas on Mindanao in the Philippines.
Restricted-range species, uncommon in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Visayan Pygmy Babbler.
Both species are also placed in Stachyris or in Sterrhoptilus.


Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Feeds on insects and small fruits.
Forages in middle-storey 3 -6m high up, usually in pairs or small groups and often together with other species.
Breeding probably March to May. No other information.
Resident species.


  1. 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
  2. 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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