Habitat destruction remains the greatest threat to biodiversity, including the melodious babbler, on Palawan (5) (6). Deforestation of lowland forest has been extensive, with the government granting logging and mining concessions for almost all the remaining forests on the island. What little forest remains in the south of the island is under threat from illegal logging, which is thought to continue even today (5). The forest at Iwahig Penal Colony, a key site for the melodious babbler, could also be vulnerable, as there are plans to mine chromite at the site (5).
The melodious babbler is still fairly common in suitable habitats, and is thought to be relatively tolerant of habitat disturbance. However, more information is needed on its habitat requirements before the impacts of habitat destruction on this species can be properly assessed (5).