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Palawan Striped Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Mount Mantalingajan, Philippines, February 2005

Alternative names: Palawan Tree-Babbler; Buff-capped Babbler

Zosterornis hypogrammicus


14 - 15cm.

  • Dull orange-buff crown with dark markings at nape
  • Dull buffy mid-grey head side to nape
  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Chin and throat whitish-buff to yellowish-grey
  • Breast and belly olive-yellow with bold black streaks

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to Palawan in the Philippines where found on Mount Mantaling and Mount Borangbato.
Restricted-range species but common in its range.


May form a superspecies with Luzon Striped-Babbler, Negros Striped-Babbler and Panay Striped-Babbler.
Like other Striped Babblers from the Philippines formerly placed in genus Stachyris.


Montane evergreen forest. Found at 1000m to 2030m.


Feeds on insects, takes also seeds and vegetable matter.
Forages at all levels but mainly in canopy where it gleans from leaves and branches.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups.
Breeding season probably April to May. No other information.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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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