Thai National Parks

Species of Thailand

Golden babbler

Cyanoderma chrysaeum, Edward Blyth, 1844

(In Thai: นกกินแมลงหัวสีทอง)

The golden babbler (Cyanoderma chrysaeum) is a babbler species in the family Timaliidae. It occurs from the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas to Southeast Asia and inhabits subtropical lowland and montane forests. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List because of its wide distribution.

It has olive-green wings and yellow underparts. Its crown and nape are golden-yellow with narrow stripes. It is 19-12 cm long and weighs 6-10 g.

Stachyris chrysaea was the scientific name proposed by Edward Blyth in 1844 who described an olivaceous babbler with a yellow crown from Nepal.

Since 2016, it is recognised as a Stachyridopsis species.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Cyanoderma chrysaeum

Common names

  • Thai: นกกินแมลงหัวสีทอง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Golden babbler

Range Map

Distribution map of Golden babbler, Cyanoderma chrysaeum in Thailand
  • Chae Son National Park
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khlong Lan National Park
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Lam Nam Kok National Park
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Thong Pha Phum National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Cyanoderma chrysaeum in Thailand