Striped Wren-babbler Kenopia striata


Justification of Red List category
Although this species has a relatively large global range, it is generally scarce and is likely to be declining moderately rapidly as a result of deforestation. It is therefore considered Near Threatened.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally uncommon, although fairly common in Taman Negara and frequent in most of Borneo, except for Sabah (del Hoyo et al. 2007).

Trend justification
Declines are suspected to be occurring as a result of habitat loss throughout the range, although data on the precise magnitude of these trends are lacking.

Distribution and population

Kenopia striata is restricted to the Sundaic lowlands, occurring in peninsular Thailand; Sabah, Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia; Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia, and Brunei. It is now extirpated in Singapore. Although widespread, it is generally uncommon throughout this range, occurring at low densities even in suitable habitats.


This species is found on the ground and in the lower storey of broadleaved evergreen forest, including lightly-logged areas, swamp forest and heath forest, up to 1,500 m (but usually below 650 m).


Rates of forest loss in the Sundaic lowlands have been extremely rapid, owing partly to the escalation of illegal logging and land conversion, with deliberate targeting of all remaining stands of valuable timber including those inside protected areas. Forest fires have also had a damaging effect (particularly in 1997-1998). The magnitude of these threats may be allayed by this species's tolerance of hill forest, which is under less pressure from logging and agricultural conversion.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway

Conservation Actions Proposed
Monitor population trends across know sites and determine rates of habitat loss throughout the range. Conduct ecological studies to improve understanding of its precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Improve the management of protected areas encroached by logging and agriculture within the species's range. Increase the area of suitable habitat that has protected status. Implement measures to reduce the number and severity of forest fires.


Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Gilroy, J. & Khwaja, N.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Kenopia striata. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/striped-wren-babbler-kenopia-striata on 01/10/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 01/10/2023.