Malaysian Birds - Babblers

Almost everyone that I know who are not involved with birds has not come across the term "Babbler"

Well,  this is the name for a type of small birds found in the wilderness - Forest and hills The closest that the birds ever got involved with human habitats are those public parks with forest fringes. Even then, rather rare too. I have compiled a list of Babblers that could seen in Malaysia. Quite astonishing numbers 38 species. Much larger than that for Flycatchers family. In fact, Babblers form the largest bird family
These are small birds not tiny sharing the sizes of the commonly seen Sunbirds or Flycatchers, are in drab brown colours. They move within and among scrubs and low trees. Very significant for this group of birds is that they make rather low loud calls repeatedly. Melodic and repetitive most times. So the birds, often heard but never seen. If they do come out in the open, it would've for brief seconds They are not shy birds and would hang around remaining undetected
Only a couple of species stay near to parks, I would say almost all of them, most birds remain in thick or pristine undisturbed forest area

Babblers batch A


  1. Abbott's Babbler  
  2. Black-capped Babbler  
  3. Black-throated Babbler  
  4. Buff-breasted Babbler  
  5 Collared Babbler


  6. Chestnut-winged Babbler


  7. Chestnut-rumped Babbler  
  8. Ferruginous Babbler  
  9. Golden Babbler  
  10. Gray-breasted Babbler  
  11. Gray-headed Babbler  
  12. Gray-throated Babbler  

Babblers batch B

  13. Horsfield's Babbler


  14. Moustached Babbler  
  15.Puff-throated Babbler  
  16. Sooty-capped Babbler  
  17. Scaly-crowned Babbler  
  18. Rufous-crowned Babbler  
  19.Rufous-fronted Babbler  
  20. Rufous-winged Fulvetta  
  21. Short-tailed Babbler  
  22. Temminck's Babbler  
  23. White-chested Babbler


  24. White-Hooded Babbler  
  25.White-necked Babbler  

 Babblers-related Batch C


  26. Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler  
  27. Large Scimitar-Babbler  


  28. Bold-striped Tit-Babbler  
  29. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler  
  30. Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler  


  31.Black-throated Wren-Babbler  
  32. Bornean Wren-Babbler


  33. Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler  
  34. Marbled Wren-Babbler  
  35. Mountain Wren-Babbler  
  36. Large Wren-Babbler  
  37. Striped Wren-Babbler  
  38. Streaked Wren-Babbler




Having completed this task of listing them out, Babblers are not such difficult birds to scout for. Their numbers "38" appears very large and the size "minute". Actually it is a number game here. All that's needed are more frequent trips to different jungle and remote patches. A hide and plenty of patience. The list of birds would be collected and assembled.

I think the main deterrent is that the birds are not colourful, little known and getting them as lifers has nothing to show off for.

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