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18 - 23cm (7-9 in). A brown, long-tailed babbler.
Juveniles are much paler and more rufous above, have a browner bill and darker eyes.
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Four subspecies recognized:
Open grass and scrubland, secondary growth, thorn-jungle, tamarisks, edges of cultivation, reedbeds, fernlands. Usually in the lowlands up to 1500m.
Feeds on caterpillars, grasshoppers and other insects. Takes also spiders, berries and nectar.
Breeding season from March to November in most of its range. The nest is a small, cone-shaped cup made of coarse grass, fibrous bark strips, dry plant fibres and bamboo leaves. It's suspended between upright stems of reeds, grasses, sugar cane or monsoon plants or wedged in a small tree, shrub or bush. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
One individual giving three types of calls while moving through mid-sized bushes, just before Sunset.
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