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Afghan Babbler

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Photo by ghaffarHormozgan, Bastak, Kookherd, Meshoo Water Reservoir, Iran, July 2011
Photo by ghaffar
Hormozgan, Bastak, Kookherd, Meshoo Water Reservoir, Iran, July 2011
Turdoides huttoni


[edit] Identification


  • Very long-tailed Babbler
  • Slender, slightly downcurved bill
  • Dark eyes
  • Dark streaks on pale grey upperparts
  • Unmarked pale underparts

[edit] Confusion species

Iraq Babbler in Iraq and western Iran is less streaked. Striated Babbler in northern India and Pakistan has a dark throat.

[edit] Distribution

Found in southwest Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies accepted:

Formerly considered conspecific with Common Babbler.
This species is also sometimes placed in genus Argya.

[edit] Habitat

Dry open scrubland, semi-deserts, thorn-scrub, sandy floodplains and rocky hills.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds mainly on insects but takes also grains, berries and nectar. Forages in noisy groups of 6 - 7 birds but groups can be bigger. In Iraq and Iran mixed flocks with Iraq Babbler occur.
Breeding season all year. May breed several times a year. Co-operative breeder with complex family structures. The nest is a neat, deep cup, made of grasses and placed in a bush or a small tree. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.

[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, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from

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