Photo by tony.saw
Sarangkot, Kaski District, Gandaki Zone, central Nepal
, November 2015
- Turdoides nipalensis
With 22 - 26cm (8Â½-10Â¼ in); a medium-sized Turdoides babbler.
- Distinctive slightly downcurved blackish bill
- Whitish face and underparts
- Fine dark streaks on throat, breast and flanks
- Pale bluish to witish eyes
 Confusion species
Common Babbler and Striated Babbler are less dark above and less pale below.
Endemic to Nepal but may also occur in adjacent India. Resident.
This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in monotypic genus Acanthoptila.
Dense scrub on hillsides, usually far from cultivation. Found from 900m to 2150m.
Feeds mainly on insects. Forages on the ground, during the breeding season in pairs.
Breeding season is from April to June. The nest is a deep cup made of grass and placed in a small bush. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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
- Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
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