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Negros Striped Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Negros Tree-Babbler

Zosterornis nigrorum
Photo © by Mark Harper
Liptong Woodlands, Negros, Philippines, March, 2019


14 - 15cm.

  • Black forecrown and supercilium
  • Whitish lores, cheek and frontal ear-coverts with blackish flecks
  • Olive rest of crown, neck side and upperparts
  • Dark greyish-brown wings and tail
  • Underparts creamy-yellow with small dark streaks

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed


Endemic to the island of Negros, Philippines. Only known from four sites, three around Mount Talinis and one around Mount Canlaon but recently only recorded at Mount Talinis.
Restricted-range species with tiny range, classified as endangered.


May form a superspecies with Luzon Striped-Babbler, Panay 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.


Montane forest, secondary and degraded forest, forest edge and adjacent banana plantations. Found at 900m to 1600m, mainly above 1000m.


Feeds on insects and small fruits. Forages in foliage of understorey trees and bushes.
Seen singly, in pairs or small groups. Often in bird-waves with other species like Philippine Bulbul, Warbling White-eye, Mountain Leaf Warbler, Blue-headed Fantail or Elegant Tit.
Female in breeding conditon seen in November. No information about nest or clutch size.
Resident species.


  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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