Alternative names: Tickell's Babbler; Buff-breasted Jungle Babbler; Mountain Brown Babbler
- Pellorneum tickelli
13 - 15cm. A nondescript small brown babbler:
- Squarish-tipped longish tail
- Forehead feathers seem slightly scaled with pale shaft-streaks
- Warm brown above, buff below
- Whitish belly
Sexes similar, juveniles with strongly rufescent upperparts.
 Confusion species
Abbott's Babbler has grey on foreparts and is heavier billed. Spot-throated Babbler has fine spots on throat.
From northeast India and Bangladesh over Burma and south China (Yunnan and Guangxi) to Thailand, Indochina and peninsular Malaysia.
Locally common in its range.
There are 5 subspecies:
Sumatran Babbler was formerly included in this species.
May form a superspecies with Temminck's Babbler.
Evergreen forest. Sometimes also in mixed deciduous open or deep forest, secondary growth, bamboo thickets and undergrowth of secondary and logged forest. Up to 1550m, above 610m in Malaysia.
Feeds on insects.
Usually seen in pairs, sometimes associated with other small babblers. Skulking, keeps close to the ground in dense undergrowth.
Breeding season from March to July, multi-brooded. The nest is a deep cup or dome or semi-dome made of dry bamboo, other leaves, fine grasses and thin rootlets. It's placed on the ground, sometimes also at the base of a sapling up to 1.5m (mostly not higher than 0.3m). Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
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- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
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