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Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Macronus gularis

The pin-striped tit-babbler (Macronus gularis), also known as the yellow-breasted babbler, is a species of Old World babbler found in South and Southeast Asia.

The species is widely distributed and is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

In India, there are disjunct populations in southern India. This population was recorded by Salim Ali from Antharasanthe near the Kabini reservoir. There were no records of the species from this area after the initial collection. The southern population was rediscovered from the Masinagudi area in Mudumalai in 2004.

Other populations are found in the northern Eastern Ghats.

Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Macronus gularis
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Pin-striped Tit-babbler sound - Genting Highlands July 2017

Taxonomy and systematics
The species has since been proposed to be included in the genus Mixornis following an analysis of both mitochondrial and nuclear genes that showed that the genus was not monophyletic, but has not yet been widely accepted.

The pin-striped tit-babbler now belongs within a clade that includes the genera Dumetia, Timalia and Rhopocichla.

The species has also been split following a study by Nigel Collar to distinguish the morphologically distinct Bornean and Javan populations, which have since been renamed the bold-striped tit-babbler (Macronus bornensis), from the rest of the pin-striped tit-babbler species complex.

Several populations are recognized including:

• M. g. rubicapilla (Tickell, 1833) - India and Bangladesh

• M. g. ticehursti Stresemann, 1940 – western Myanmar

• M. g. sulphureus (Rippon, 1900) – southeastern Myanmar to Yunnan

• M. g. lutescens Delacour, 1926 – northeastern Myanmar to Laos and northern Vietnam

• M. g. kinneari Delacour & Jabouille, 1924 – central Annam

• M. g. saraburiensis (Deignan, 1956) – central Thailand and western Cambodia

• M. g. versuricola Oberholser, 1922 – eastern Cambodia and south Vietnam

• M. g. condorensis Robinson, 1921 – Con Son Island

• M. g. connectens Kloss, 1918 – extreme south of Myanmar and nearby Thailand

• M. g. archipelagicus Oberholser, 1922 – Mergui Archipelago

• M. g. inveteratus Oberholser, 1922 – eastern Thailand and adjacent Cambodia

• M. g. chersonesophilus Oberholser, 1922 – southern Thailand and northern Peninsular Malaysia

• M. g. gularis (Horsfield, 1822) – Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra

• M. g. woodi Sharpe, 1877 – Palawan and Balabac islands
Listen to the Listen to the Pin-striped Tit-babbler

Remarks from the Recordist

Recording equipment: Marantz PMD-661 mkIII / Sennheiser ME 67

Recording modified with Audacity 2.2.0: - normalized (-0.50 dB) - high pass filter (1000 Hz / rolloff 48 dB) - fade in /fade out

The species has a distinctive yellowish supercilium and rufous crown. The throat is yellowish with brown streaks. Call is a loud repeated chonk-chonk-chonk-chonk-chonk somewhat reminiscent of a common tailorbird.

They forage in small flocks and creep and clamber in low vegetation. They breed in the pre-monsoon season from February to July and build a loose ball shaped nest made from grasses and leaves.

Conservation status
Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Macronus gularis
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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Sighted: 1 July 2017
Location: Genting Highlands

Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Macronus gularis

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