Brown-capped Babbler Pellorneum fuscocapillus


Taxonomic note

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 57,300
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.1 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common and widespread (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any current declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
India N Extant Yes
Sri Lanka N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Sri Lanka Ayagama
Sri Lanka Bambarabotuwa
Sri Lanka Bodhinagala
Sri Lanka Delgoda / Kudumiriya / Kobahadukanda
Sri Lanka Dellawa / Diyadawa
Sri Lanka Delwela / Panilkanda / Walankanda
Sri Lanka Dotalugala / Rassagala
Sri Lanka Haputale
Sri Lanka Haycock / Habarakada
Sri Lanka Horton plains / Ohiya / Pattipola-Ambewela
Sri Lanka Karawita
Sri Lanka Kithulgala
Sri Lanka Knuckles Range (Knuckles IBA)
Sri Lanka Kombala-Kottawa
Sri Lanka Labugama
Sri Lanka Malambure
Sri Lanka Mulatiyana
Sri Lanka Nakiyadeniya / Kanneliya / Dediyagala
Sri Lanka Namunukula
Sri Lanka Neugalkanda
Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
Sri Lanka Morningside and Handapan Ella Plains (Sinharaja IBA)
Sri Lanka Tangamalai
Sri Lanka Udawattakele
Sri Lanka Waratalgoda
Sri Lanka Welihena
Sri Lanka Yagirala
Sri Lanka Sigiriya
Sri Lanka Ampara
Sri Lanka Kantale Tank
Sri Lanka Senanayake Samudraya / Nilgala
Sri Lanka Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka Padaviya
Sri Lanka Minneriya / Girithale / Kaudulla
Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa
Sri Lanka Wasgomuwa
Sri Lanka Anaiwilundawa complex
Sri Lanka Udawalawa
Sri Lanka Bundala complex
Sri Lanka Yala
Sri Lanka Bellanwila-Attidiya

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Moist suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1675 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Pellorneum fuscocapillus. Downloaded from on 02/12/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/12/2020.