Alternative names: Abyssinian Babbler; Juniper Babbler
- Parophasma galinieri
A dull grey babbler-like passerine (17-19 cm):
- Dirty grey plumage
- White forehead
- Black lores
- Rufous-chestnut vent
Sexes similar, juveniles are generally paler.
Dense thickets, giant heather, juniper woodland, highland bamboo, olive trees, well-wooded gardens. Often in steep-sided valleys or ravines. Found between 2440m and 3655m.1
Feeds on juniper berries and other fruit.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups of up to 8 birds. Keeps in vegetation. Fine singer.
Breeding season from January to July. The nest is a thin cup made of fine plant stems and placed on top of some small branches, about 5m above the ground. Lays 2 eggs.
- 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
- Clements, JF. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Abyssinian Catbird. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 19 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Abyssinian_Catbird