News: Black-browed Babbler(Malacocincla perspicillata) has been rediscovered. It is spotted in southeastern Kalimantan, Borneo in Indonesia after 170 years.
About Black Browed Babbler: Black Browed Babbler is a songbird species in the family of Pellorneidae.
- IUCN Red List: Data Deficient. However, IUCN says that the global population size of the bird has not been quantified, but the species is described as possibly extinct.
Habitat: The natural habitat of M. perspicillata is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, at altitudes of 200–1,170 m (660–3,840 ft). Its rediscovery in 2020 made it clear that the bird is from southeast Borneo.
- Features of the bird:
- They vary in size and coloration.
- These birds have strong legs, and many are quite terrestrial.
- This group is not strongly migratory, and most species have short rounded wings and are weak flyers.
- The upper parts of the bird were rich brown while the underparts up to the breast were greyish with fine white streaking.
- The bird has a broad black eye stripe and the iris was found to be deep red. The legs are dark slate-grey.
- They are social birds that are usually found in family groups and small flocks of up to about 20 individuals.
- Food Habits: They are omnivores and mainly feed on meat, plant material and / or berries.
Significance: The bird is known for the longest known missing period (170 years) for any Asian species. It is also often called ‘the biggest enigma in Indonesian ornithology’.