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Singapore, March 2018
Pellorneum malaccensis

Malacocincla malaccensis


With 13·5–15·5 cm (5¼-6 in) like a small version of Abbott's Babbler:

  • Ochrous-brown crown
  • Nape, mantle and back paler
  • Rufescent rump with brown upperwing
  • Very short and often cocked tail
  • Thin bill
  • Greyish ear-coverts
  • Blackish moustachial stripe

Confusion species

Ashy-headed Babbler is very similar, but ranges don't overlap. Abbott's Babbler is bigger, has a longer tail and a thicker bill.


Found in south-east Asia from southern Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra (with adjacent islands) and Borneo.
Locally common in its range, but patchily distributed.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 3 subspecies.
Has been considered to form a superspecies with Ashy-headed Babbler. Both species have been placed in genus Trichastoma.
Clements now places this species in the genus Pellorneum.


  • P. m. malaccense:
  • Central and southern Thai-Malay Peninsula (north to southernmost Thailand), Sumatra (including Banyak and Batu Islands, and the Riau and Lingga Archipelagos), the Anambas Islands, and Natuna Besar
  • P. m. poliogenys:
  • Borneo (except for the northeast)
  • P. m. sordidum:


Moist lowland forests. Also in secondary growth, scrub, thickets and overgrown rubber plantations. Up to 1000m.



Feeds on insects. Forages on or just above the ground. Usually seen singly or in pairs.


Breeding season from February to September. The nest is a neat cup made of fine twigs, root fibres or leaves. Lays 2-3 eggs.


Resident, no movements known.


  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, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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