Ground BABBLERs

Order Passeriformes    Family Pellorneidae

The ground babblers are a family of mostly Old World passerine birds. They are rather diverse in size and coloration, but are characterised by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. The entire family was previously included in the Timaliidae. It is not settled what genus should belong to Pellorneidae. Some put genus Alcippe in this family; Clements puts them in Leiothrichidae.


Genus Gampsorhynchus - 1 species

Babbler `-hooded  Gampsorhynchus rufulus  Found: Asia
Image by: 1, 2) Darren Bellerby - Edward Youde Aviary, Hong Kong



Genus Graminicola

Grassbird,_Chinese  Graminicola striatus  Found: China, Hong Kong, Myanmar
Image by: 1) David Fisher - Myanmar


Grassbird,_Indian  Graminicola bengalensis   Found: Bangladesh, Bhutan , India, Nepal
Image by: 1) Jyotendra_Jyu_Thakuri



Genus Illadopsis
Illadopsis is Greek for thrush - implying these babblers have a thrush-like appearance. All are found in tropical Africa.

Babbler,_Thrush  Illadopsis turdina  Found: south-central Africa
Image by: 1) Nigel_Voaden - Cameroon


Illadopsis,_Black-capped   Illadopsis cleaveri  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans


Illadopsis, Brown Illadopsis fulvescens   Found: Africa
Image by Dick Daniels in Tanzania


Illadopsis, Pale-breasted  Illadopsis rufipennis  Found: Africa
Image by: Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) KD Dijkstra - Tanzania


Illadopsis,_Puvel's   Illadopsis puveli  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) David_Cook - Uganda  2) Miichael_And_Helen_Cox


Illadopsis,_Rufous-winged   Illadopsis rufescens  Found: Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Senegal
Image by: 1) hbw.com


Illadopsis,_Scaly-breasted   Illadopsis albipectus  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Biodiversity_Heritage_Library  2) Ken_Behrens


Illadopsis,_Mountain  Illadopsis pyrrhoptera  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) hbw.com  2) jbates606



Genus Jabouilleia

Babbler,_Short-tailed_Scimitar-   Jabouilleia danjoui  Found: Laos, Vietnam
Image by: 1) Janos_Otah - VBietnam



Genus Kenopia - 1 species

Babbler,_Striped_Wren-  Kenopia striata  Found: Borneo, Thailand
Image by: 1, 2) Mike_Price



Genus Malacocincla

Babbler,_Abbott's Malacocincla abbotti  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
The Abbott's Babbler has drab olive-brown upperparts; grayish-white throat; white belly; olive flanks; rusty under-tail coverts.
Image by: 1) Dave Curtis - Thailand  2) Francesco_Veronesi


Babbler,_Black-browed Malacocincla perspicillata  Found: Borneo
Image by: 1) Naturalis_Biodiversity_Center


Babbler,_Horsfield's Malacocincla sepiaria  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Mike Prince - Borneo  2) Simin_Tonge - Malaysia




Genus Malacopteron
The Malacopteron babblers are found in Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines.

Babbler,_Gray-breasted  Malacopteron albogulare Found: Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Con_Foley - Malaysia


Babbler,_Melodious  also Palawan Babbler  Malacopteron palawanense Found: Philippines
Image by: 1, 2) carlo_benitez_gomez


Babbler,_Moustached  Malacopteron magnirostre Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) John_Mittermeier  2) Sabine's_Sunbird


Babbler,_Rufous-crowned  Malacopteron magnum Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Image by: 1) Tanakarn


Babbler,_Scaly-crowned  Malacopteron cinereum Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Thailand


Babbler,_Sooty-capped  Malacopteron affine Found: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Mike_Price - Borneo  2) Peter_Ericsson - Indonesia



Genus Napothera
The "wren-babblers" of family Pnoepygidae (Wren-Babblers) are not closely related to the "wren-babblers" of family Pellorneidae (Ground-Babblers).

Babbler,_Black-throated_Wren-  Napothera atrigularis  Found: Borneo
Image by: 1) Janos_Olah


Babbler,_Eyebrowed_Wren-
Napothera epilepidota  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Peter_Ericcson - Thailand  2) John_Mittermeier - West Jave, Indonesia


Babbler,_Large_Wren-
 Napothera macrodactyla  Found: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Image by: 1) Tony_Sawbridge


Babbler,_Limestone_Wren-
 Napothera crispifrons  Found: China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi  2) Dave_Curtis - Thailand


Babbler,_Marbled_Wren
  Napothera marmorata  Found: Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) James_Eaton  2) David_Bakewell


Babbler,_Mountain_Wren-  Napothera crassa  Found: Borneo
Image by: 1) Mike_Prince


Babbler,_Rusty-breasted_Wren- Napothera rufipectus  Found: Sumatra (Indonesia)
Image by: 1) Boas_Emmanuel


Babbler,_Streaked_Wren- Napothera brevicaudata  Found: southeastern Asia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Naturelly - Thailand  2) Dave Curtis - Thailand



Genus Pellorneum

Babbler,_Ash-headed   Pellorneum cinereiceps also Malacocincla cinereiceps Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Rackk67 


Babbler,_Black-capped   Pellorneum capistratum   Found: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand.
Image by: 1) W.A. Djatmiko - West Java (Indonesia)  2) Marcel_Holyoak - Borneo


Babbler,_Brown-capped   Pellorneum fuscocapillus   Found: Sri Lanka
The Brown-capped Babbler has brown upperparts; cinammon underparts; dark brown crown.
Image by: 1) Steve Garvie  2) Lip_kee


Babbler_Buff-breasted   Pellorneum tickelli   Found: southeast Asia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Apisit_Wilaijit - thailand


Babbler,_Ferrugininous   Pellorneum bicolor  also Trichastoma bicolor  Found: southeast Asai, Indonesia
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Thailand


Babbler,_Marsh   Pellorneum palustre   Found: Banglades, India
Image by: 1) John_Gould  2) Jainy_Kuriakose - Assam, India


Babbler,_Puff-throated   Pellorneum ruficeps    Found: southeast Asia, Malaysia
The Puff-throated Babbler has brown upperparts; chestnut crown; whitish underparts with brown streak; buff supercilium, eye-rings; white throat which is sometimes puffy.
Image by: 1) JJ Harrison - Thailand  2) Shrikant_Rao - Bangalore


Babbler,_Short-tailed   Pellorneum malaccense  also Malacocincla malaccensis  Found: Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Thailand
Image by: 1) Lip Kee  2) Naturelly - Singapore


Babbler,_Spot-throated   Pellorneum albiventre   Found: southeast Asia
Image by: 1) Dhanatas_Thovanich - Thailand  2) Jainy_Kuriakose - India


Babbler,_Sulawesi   Pellorneum celebense also Trichastoma celebense Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Sulawesi


Babbler,_Sumatran   Pellorneum buettikoferi   Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Agus_Nurza - Sumatra, Indonesia


Babbler,_Temminck's   Pellorneum pyrrogenys   Found: Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) James_Eaton


Babbler,_White-chested  Pellorneum rostratum  also Trichastoma rostratum Found: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand
Image by: 1) Michael_Woodruff - Malaysia



Genus Ptilocichla
The wren-babblers.

Babbler,_Bornean_Wren- Ptilocichla leucogrammica  Found: Borneo (Indonesia, Malaysia)
Image by: 1) Gary_Albert


Babbler_Falcated_Wren- Ptilocichla falcata  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1, 2) carlo_benitez_gomez


Babbler,_Striated_Wren- Ptilocichla mindanensis  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Yann_Muzka



Genus Rimator

Babbler,_Long-billed_Wren-  Rimator malacoptilus  Found: southeast Asia
Image by: 1, 2) Umeshsrinivasan - India


Babbler,_Sumatran_Wren- Rimator albostriatus  Found: Sumatra (Indonesia)
Image by: 1) James_Eaton


Babbler,_White-throated_Wren-   Rimator pasquieri  Found: Vietnam
Image by: 1) Lan_Craik



Genus Schoeniparus
The birds in this genus are called fulvettas. They are found in Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, Malaysia. They are not close relatives of the "typical" fulvettas, which are in the genus Fulvetta of the family Paradoxornithidae or family Sylviidae. The species below are assigned by Clements to Schoeniparus. Clements puts other fulvettas in genus Alcippe of family Leiothrichidae.

Fulvetta,_Black-crowned Schoeniparus klossi also Alcippe klossi  Found: Vietnam
The Black-crowned Fulvetta is also considered a subspecies of the Rufous-winged Fulvetta.
Image by: 1) Christopher_Hill


Fulvetta, Dusky Schoeniparus brunneus  also Alcippe brunnea  Found: China, Taiwan
Image by: Kevin Lin


Fulvetta_Rufous-throated Schoeniparus rufogularis  also Alcippe rufogularis   Found: Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia
Image by: 1) Avisek_Banerjee - India


Fulvetta,_Rufous-winged Schoeniparus castaneceps also Alcippe castaneceps  Found: Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, Malaysia
The Rufous-winged Fulvetta has brown upperparts; white supercilium extends along neck; dark chestnut crown; pale underparts; rufous primaries. The Black-crowned Fulvetta is also considered a subspecies of the Rufous-winged Fulvetta.
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Bhutan  2, 3) Dave_Curtis - Thailand


Fulvetta,_Rusty-capped Schoeniparus dubius also Alcippe dubia  Found: Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
Image by: 1) Thomas_Gut  2) Henry_Koh - China


Fulvetta,_Yellow-throated Schoeniparus cinereus also Alcippe cinerea   Found: Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia
Image by: 1) Dibyendu_Ash - India  2) Umeshsrinivasan







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