Babbler of Vietnam – Timaliidae

With 20 species Babblers of Vietnam, occurring over the country. The Babblers family has a rainbow in their family appearance, some species are really hard to see, and some are easy but this family has a private special such as Chestnut-capped Babbler has a redhead, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler has a long and curved beak and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler’s bill like using a lipstick of Louis Vuitton.

You may know: Morphological diversity is rather high; most species resemble “warblers”, jays, or thrushes. This group is among those Old World bird families with the highest number of species still being discovered.

The overview of Babblers families

The Old World Babblers or Timaliidae are a family of mostly Old World passerine birds. They are rather diverse in size and coloration, but are characterized by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The timaliids are one of two unrelated groups of birds known as Babblers, the other being the Australasian Babblers of the family Pomatostomidae (also known as pseudo-babblers).

Timaliids are small to medium birds. They have strong legs, and many are quite terrestrial. They typically have generalized bills, similar to those of thrush or warbler, except for the scimitar babblers which, as their name implies, have strongly decurved bills. Most have predominantly brown plumage, with minimal difference between the sexes, but many more brightly colored species also exist.

This group is not strongly migratory, and most species have short-rounded wings and weak flight. They live in lightly wooded or scrubland environments, ranging from swamp to near-desert. They are primarily insectivorous, although many will also take berries, and the larger species will even eat small lizards and other vertebrates.

Typical Babblers live in communities of around a dozen birds, jointly defending a territory. Many even breed communally, with a dominant pair building a nest, and the remainder helping to defend and rear their young. Young males remain with the group, while females move away to find a new group, and thus avoid inbreeding. They make nests from twigs, and hide them in dense vegetation

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Babblers of Vietnam species note

Babblers Of Vietnam

Pale-throated Wren Babbler Spelaeornis kinneari

Status: Rare Local Resident – Vulnerable

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: North-West

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Moutain

Babblers Of Vietnam

Bar-winged Wren Babbler Spelaeornis troglodytoides

Status: Rare Local Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: North-West

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Moutain

Babblers Of Vietnam

Nonggang Babbler Stachyris nonggangensis

Status: Rare Local Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: North-East

Hotspot: Dalat

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Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ferruginosus

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Central Highland & Northern

Hotspot: Kon Tum, Tam Dao

Babblers Of Vietnam

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus superciliaris

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: North-West

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Moutain

100 WANEE asia

Golden Babbler Cyanoderma chrysaeum

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Highlands

Hotspot: Kon Tum, Sa Pa – Fansipan Mt

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Chestnut-capped Babbler Timalia pileata

Status: Fairly Common Resident (Throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Nui Dinh, Ma Da

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White-browed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps

Status: Common Resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Jun-Aug

Tours: Southern & Central Highlands

Hotspot: Kon Tum, Dalat

List of all Babblers in Vietnam

NameLevel
1Chestnut-capped BabblerEasy
2Gray-faced Tit-BabblerEasy
3Pin-striped Tit-BabblerEasy
4Golden BabblerEasy
5Rufous-capped BabblerEasy
6Buff-chested BabblerEasy
7Bar-winged Wren-BabblerEasy
8Brown-crowned Scimitar-BabblerHigh
9Red-billed Scimitar-BabblerEasy
10Slender-billed Scimitar-BabblerEasy
11Streak-breasted Scimitar-BabblerHigh
12White-browed Scimitar-BabblerHigh
13Large Scimitar-BabblerEasy
14Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-BabblerHigh
15Black-streaked Scimitar-BabblerHigh
16Gray-throated BabblerEasy
17Nonggang BabblerHigh
18Sooty Babbler (Endemic)Easy
19Spot-necked BabblerEasy
20Pale-throated Wren-BabblerHigh

All Vietnam Birds Families

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