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With 22 - 23cm (8Â¾-9 in) a rather slim Turdoides-babbler.
Found in south Nepal (Terai grasslands) and in the grasslands of northeast India (mainly Assam but also West Bengal and Manipur). Records from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, but these need further confirmation.
Generally rare and classified as vulnerable as the habitat of this species is under great pressure.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland. Usually recorded in the lowland up to 250m, but up to 750m in Manipur.
Feeds on insects.
Like other Turdoides-babblers gregarious and noisy, except in breeding season when found in pairs or singly. Very skulking, hiding in reeds and grass. Forages mainly on ground.
Breeding season from May to June. The nest is a neat cup made of leaves, grass and stems. It's placed in a bush in grassland. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.
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