Trilling Shrike-Babbler Pteruthius aenobarbus Scientific name definitions

Guy M. Kirwan, Nigel Collar, and Craig Robson
Version: 2.0 — Published May 20, 2022

Plumages, Molts, and Structure


Natal Down



Apparently also undescribed.


Female. Has forehead peach-buff, wing fringes mainly greenish, and wingbars (that are equally as broad as on the male) buffish. White eye-ring is bold and distinctive. Overall, plumage is brownish, and less bright than the male, without a chestnut front.

Male. Has a dark chestnut lower forehead bordered above by a short bright yellow forecrown, shading to yellow-tinged olive-green over the rest of the crown and upperparts. The upperwing-coverts are black with broad white tips to the median and greater coverts (forming two wingbars); outer primaries with whitish fringes, and inner primaries black basally and olive-green distally. Overall wing pattern appears black with two striking white bars. Central tail olive-green, the outermost feather white with a black base and long black mark close to the tip of the outer web. Lores and area around the eye are black, eye-ring white (broken at the front and rear), with a grayish-white postocular supercilium becoming purer gray above and vertically behind the yellow-green ear-coverts. The chin and upper cheeks to central throat are dark chestnut, bordered yellow on the lower cheeks, with the neck sides, breast sides, and belly to vent yellow. Flanks pale grayish olive.


Wholly unknown.

Bare Parts


Short with a slight hook at the tip. Maxilla dark gray to black (especially posteriorly) with bluish edges and basal third, whilst the mandible is entirely bluish gray.

Iris and Facial Skin

Iris is reddish to dark brown.

Tarsi and Toes

Pinkish, including the claws.


Linear Measurements

Overall length ca. 11.5 cm.

No published mensural data are apparently available for this species.


No available data for this species or Clicking Shrike-Babbler (Pteruthius intermedius) (2).

Recommended Citation

Kirwan, G. M., N. Collar, and C. Robson (2022). Trilling Shrike-Babbler (Pteruthius aenobarbus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cfsbab1.02