Abbott’s Babbler vs. Horsfield’s Babbler

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There was some suggestion initially when I posted this Abbott’s Babbler (Malacocincla abbotti olivacea) on another group that it might be a Horsfield’s Babbler (Malacocincla sepiaria).

Although I did see the bird in primary forest at a stream, however calls supported Abbott’s.

The main difference (besides the calls) between Horsfield’s and Abbott’s Babbler are said to be:

Horsfield’s is darker above (on crown)

Horsfield’s has indistinct streaks on upper breast

Horsfield’s had darker feet

This bird looks like Abbott’s to me.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Papan Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary forest at a stream

Date: 27th August 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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