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Alternative names: Large-footed Wren-Babbler

Photo by chrisli
Pahang, Malaysia, December 2016
Turdinus macrodactylus

Napothera macrodactyla


19cm (7½ in). A fairly large, streaky brown babbler:

  • Streaked light brown and black crown to back
  • Plainer and more rufescent brown on uppertail-coverts and fluffy rump
  • Upperwing and tail brown
  • Whitish lores
  • Greyish-blue bare skin around eye separated from crown by black line
  • Blackish-brown ear-coverts
  • Speckled whitish and brown submoustachial area
  • White chin, throat and upper breast with some brown flecking, bordered by blackish breast-band (missing in lepidopleura)
  • Brownish-grey breast and belly with some vague broad buffy white streaks

Sexes similar. Juveniles with paler upperparts and more rufous.


Found from southern Thailand to peninsular Malaysia and on Sumatra and Java (Indonesia).
Extinct in Singapore, one unconfirmed record in Bali.

Fairly common in parts of its range.


Also placed in genus Napothera.


Three subspecies accepted[1]:


Broadleaf evergreen forest, also selectively logged forest and bamboo forest. Prefers thickets of rattan, salak palm, bamboo and ginger. Up to 700m in Malaysia, up to 900m in Java.



Feeds on invertebrates.
Usually seen singly, in pairs or small groups. Forages close to the ground.


Breeding season March and September in Java, December to July in southeast Asia. The nest is a large cup made of dead leaves. It's placed 0.4 to 1m above the ground in the middle of rattan, pandan or in the crown of a spiny palm. Lays 2 eggs.


Resident species.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://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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