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Rusty-crowned Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Rusty-crowned Tree-Babbler; Rufous-crowned Babbler

Sterrhoptilus capitalis


14 - 15cm. A smallish babbler, similar to Black-crowned Babbler.

  • Rusty crown and throat
  • Whitish underside
  • Grey-brown above
  • Bold whitish streaks on head and upperside

Sexes similar, juveniles like adults.


Endemic to the Philippines.
Generally uncommon restricted-range species.


Three subspecies recognized:

  • S. c. capitalis on Dinagat (east-central Philippines)
  • S. c. euroaustralis on Mindanao (excluding Zamboanga Peninsula)
  • S. c. isabelae on Zamboanga Peninsula, Mindanao

Also placed in genus Stachyris.
May form a superspecies with Black-crowned Babbler and Golden-crowned Babbler.


Middle and lower storey of moist lowland forests and forest edges. From lowlands up to 1100m.


No information on diet. Feeds probably on invertebrates and some vegetable matter.
Forages by foliage-gleaning, somtimes hanging upside-down.
Usually seen singly in pairs or small groups, often associating with other species.
Birds in breeding condition seen in March and June. No other information about breeding.
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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