Photo by ghaffar
Hormozgan, Bastak, Kookherd, Meshoo Water Reservoir, Iran
, July 2011
- Turdoides huttoni
- Very long-tailed Babbler
- Slender, slightly downcurved bill
- Dark eyes
- Dark streaks on pale grey upperparts
- Unmarked pale underparts
 Confusion species
Iraq Babbler in Iraq and western Iran is less streaked. Striated Babbler in northern India and Pakistan has a dark throat.
Found in southwest Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
Two subspecies accepted:
Formerly considered conspecific with Common Babbler.
This species is also sometimes placed in genus Argya.
Dry open scrubland, semi-deserts, thorn-scrub, sandy floodplains and rocky hills.
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.
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