Alternative names: Celebes Babbler; Strickland's Babbler
- Pellorneum celebense
15.5 cm. A small, relatively featureless babbler:
- Strong grey bill
- Thin malar whisker
- Clinally varied in coloration (from rufous upperparts and whitish underparts to grey-brownish upperparts and rufous underparts)
Clements recognises the following subspecies :
- P. c. celebense: Northern peninsular Sulawesi, Bangka, Lembeh and Manterawu islands
- P. c. rufofuscum: North-central, south-central and southeastern Sulawesi and Butung Island
- P. c. finschi: Southern Sulawesi
- P. c. togianense: Togian Islands
The proposed subspecies connectens and improbatum are usually merged with rufofuscum.
Wide variety of habitats from primary broadleaf forest to cultivated areas with settlements but density higher in forested areas. Found from the lowlands up to 1900m.
Feeds presumably on invertebrates.
A shy bird, usually foraging close to the ground, running like a mouse.
Breeding season from April to December. The nest is a cup made of dead leaves and grass blades. It's placed 0.3 to 0.5m above the ground. Lays 2 eggs.
- 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/
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Sulawesi Babbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Sulawesi_Babbler
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.