Visayan pygmy babbler

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Visayan pygmy babbler
Dasycrotapha pygmaea Keulemans.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Dasycrotapha
D. pygmaea
Binomial name
Dasycrotapha pygmaea

Stachyris plateni pygmaea
Stachyris pygmaea
Sterrhoptilus pygmaeus

The Visayan pygmy babbler (Dasycrotapha pygmaea) is a bird species endemic to the Philippines (Leyte and Samar). It belongs to the genus Dasycrotapha. It was placed in the family Timaliidae, but recently found to be better placed in the family Zosteropidae.

It was formerly included with the Mindanao pygmy babbler (D. plateni) under the common name of "pygmy babbler".

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is becoming rare due to habitat loss.


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  • Moyle, R. G., C. E. Filardi, C. E. Smith, and J. Diamond. 2009. Explosive Pleistocene diversification and hemispheric expansion of a "great speciator." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 1863–1868.