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Black-chinned Babbler

From Opus

Photo © by SumitDehradun, India, 2005
Photo © by Sumit
Dehradun, India, 2005

Alternative name: Red-billed Babbler

Cyanoderma pyrrhops

Stachyris pyrrhops; Stachyridopsis pyrrhops


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Alok TewariSat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018

10cm (4 in). A dull biscuit-coloured Babbler:

  • Monochromatic olive-buff plumage
  • Diagnostic black lores and centre of throat
  • Crown with fine dark streaks
  • Red eye

Sexes similar.
Juvenile has reduced head markings.

[edit] Distribution

Found from northeast Pakistan (Muree Hills) east over north India to east Nepal.
Common in most of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in the genus Stachyris or in Stachyridopsis.

[edit] Habitat

Forest edge, secondary and open forest with low undergrowth, scrub-jungle, babmoo and hedgrows. Found at 245 - 2750m.

[edit] Behaviour

Resident species.
Usually seen in groups of up to 10 birds, often together with other species. Forages close to or on the ground.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, and sometimes also on berries.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from April to August. The nest is a deep cup or loose dome made of dry grasses, dead leaves, woody stalks and plant fibres. It's placed in a bush, usually less than 0.6m above the ground. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Himalayas, India, April-2017
Single bird giving chik chik sound followed by a sonorous component; BG loud call by Great Barbet and sharp clicking sound by Fire-breasted Flowerpecker.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. 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
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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