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Striated Babbler

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Alternative name: Earle's Babbler

Nominate subspeciesPhoto by nick scarleKoshi Tappu, Nepal, March 2017
Nominate subspecies
Photo by nick scarle
Koshi Tappu, Nepal, March 2017
Turdoides earlei

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[edit] Identification

Dorsal View showing Plumage detailPhoto by Alok TewariDist Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February 2017
Dorsal View showing Plumage detail
Photo by Alok Tewari
Dist Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February 2017

With 24 - 25 cm (9½-9¾ in) a fairly large Turdoides-babbler:

  • Pale brown below with rufous-mottled throat
  • Yellow bill with dark tip
  • Pale yellow eyes
  • Heavy black streaks on crown, also streaked on mantle
  • Fine streaked on throat and breast

[edit] Similar species

May be confused with Common Babbler or Striated Grassbird.

[edit] Distribution

Found from Pakistan (Indus river system) over northwest and north India (Ganges and Brahmaputra river valleys) and south Nepal to Bangladesh and Burma.

Resident and locally common species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is sometimes placed in genus Argya.

[edit] Subspecies

Photo by Alok TewariOkhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi-UP Border, India, February 2011
Photo by Alok Tewari
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi-UP Border, India, February 2011

Two subspecies recognized[3]:

[edit] Habitat

Marsh grassland, reedbeds, sometimes in sugarcane and bushes around rice paddies.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, snails and vegetable matter. Forages mainly above the ground in grass and reeds.
Usually found in flocks of seven to ten birds, sometimes more.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season all year with a peak between March and October. A co-operative breeder with several broods a year. The nest is a massive cup made of grasses, leaves and roots. It's placed in the reed, in a small bush or in a small tree, usually close to the ground. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.
Brood parasitism by Pied Cuckoo is reported.

[edit] Vocalisation


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Recording by Alok Tewari
Kherki Mazra, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February-2017
Many types of calls given by an early morning foraging party of about 10 individuals.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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