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The black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata) is a mysterious songbird species in the family Pellorneidae. It is endemic to Borneo.[2] Only a single specimen, collected in the 19th century, is known.

Black-browed babbler
Turnaround video of specimen RMNH 89412, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pellorneidae
Genus: Malacocincla
M. perspicillata
Binomial name
Malacocincla perspicillata
(Bonaparte, 1850)

Trichastoma perspicillatum Collar & Andrew, 1988

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Its status is insufficiently known, though it is unlikely to be extinct.

It was formerly classified as a Vulnerable by the IUCN.[3] But new research has shown the lack of reliable information, while on the other hand some conjectural assumptions have been gleaned from the specimen, opening up new lines of research. Consequently, its status is changed to Data Deficient in 2008.[4] It is threatened by agriculture, logging even within protected areas, plantations for rubber and palm oil and drought fires. There is risk of near complete loss of dryland lowland forest in Kalimantan within the next few years.




  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Malacocincla perspicillata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Phillipps, Quentin & Phillipps, Karen (2011). Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906780-56-2.
  3. ^ BLI (2006)
  4. ^ BLI (2008)


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