Malia grata, Malia, Malia Sulawesi

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Malia grata, Malia, Malia Sulawesi

The Malia, Malia Malia grata, Malia, Malia Sulawesigrata is a medium-sized (approximately 29 cm long) babbler-like passerine. It has an olive-green plumage, yellowish head and chest, and pinkish-brown bill. The young is duller than adult. It is the only member in the genus Malia.

An Indonesian endemic, the Malia is restricted to montane forests of Sulawesi. Usually, it is found in pairs or small groups of three to seven birds. The diet consists mainly of insects, beetles and other arthropods.

The taxonomy of this species is not certainly known. The Malia has bulbul-like plumage characters, but its behavior is similar to Old World babblers’ and it may be a relative of theirs.

Widespread and common in its habitat and range, the Malia is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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