Monday, 2 July 2012

Stripe-sided rhabdornis

Rhabdornis mystacalis

Photo by Mark Harper (Wikipedia)

Common name:
stripe-sided rhabdornis (en); trepadeira-filipina-de-flancos-estriados (pt); rhabdornis à tête striée (fr); trepador filipino de cabeza rayada (es); streifenkopf-trugbaumläufer (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Rhabdornithidae

This species is endemic to the Philippines, being found on the islands of Luzon, Negros, Panay, Masbate, Contanduenes, Leyte, Mindanao, Samar, Basilan, Bohol, Calicoan and Dinagat.

These birds are 14,5-16 cm long and weigh around 25 g.

The stripe-sided rhabdornis is found in the canopies of lowland rainforests, forest edges and second growths, from sea level up to an altitude of 1.200 m.

They mostly feed on insects, but will also take nectar, fruits and seeds.


Little is known about the breeding biology of this species other than the fact that they nest in tree cavities.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and, although the global population size has not been quantified, it is described as common. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction and fragmentation, but it is not considered threatened at present.

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