Trilling Shrike-Babbler Pteruthius aenobarbus Scientific name definitions

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Vocal Array


Described as being rather monarch (Monarchidae)-like, with two variations: (1) a loud trilling too too too, lasting 1–6 seconds at a rate of ca. 6 notes/second; (2) alternatively (and apparently less regularly), a quieter towit-towit-towit , lasting ca. 3 seconds, at a rate of three notes/second.


A generic and somewhat variable buzzy, slightly nasal jer-jer-jer or sharply rising tew-chi-chi. A chattering ch’r’r’r’uk and a sharp pwit have also been noted (8, 10).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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