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White-chested Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by kctsang
Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, E. Malaysia, May 2007

Alternative names: Blyth's Babbler; Blyth's Jungle Babbler: Mangrove Babbler; White-chested Jungle-Babbler

Pellorneum rostratum

Trichastoma rostratum


15cm. A smallish, nondescript babbler:

  • Crown and upperparts brown
  • Upperwing and tail brown with dull rufous-chestnut fringes
  • Buffy brown face
  • Underparts whitish with soft grey breast side and flanks
  • Rather long narrow hook-tipped bill
  • Shortish tail

Sexes similar, juveniles similar to adults.


Found locally from extreme south Burma and Thailand to peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo.
Rare in Singapore but common in other parts of its range.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.


  • P. r. rostratum
  • P. r. macropterum


Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. Usually near water (coast or streams). Up to 200m.


Feeds on grubs and insects.
Usually seen in pairs, foraging on ground by hopping around on rocks, truncks and branches near the water edge.
Breeding season from March to June in southeast Asia. The nest is a loose deep cup made of dead leaves. It's placed 0.4 to 1.2m above the ground hidden in small rattan or in the base of a ground palm. Lays 2 eggs.
Resident species.


  1. 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/
  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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