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Hartlaub's Babbler

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Alternative names: Angola Babbbler; Southern White-rumped Babbler; White-rumped Babbler

Photo by rdavisXigera Camp, central Okavango Delta, Botswana, November 2011
Photo by rdavis
Xigera Camp, central Okavango Delta, Botswana, November 2011
Turdoides hartlaubii


[edit] Identification

23 - 24cm (9-9½ in). A medium-sized Turdoides-babbler.

  • Brownish-grey plumage
  • Pale scaling on head to mantle and throat
  • White rump
  • Short stout black bill
  • Orange-red to crimson eye, often with yellow inner ring

[edit] Variations

Griseosquamata is paler than the nominate.

[edit] Distribution

Africa: Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, Botswana and Namibia.
Common or even abundant in parts of its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

May form a superspecies with White-rumped Babbler.

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies usually accepted[1]:

The described subspecies ater is considered to be a synonym for the nominate subspecies.

[edit] Habitat

Dense scrub between woodlands, gallery woodland, riverine-forest edge, marshy valleys with bushes and tall grass, sometimes reedbeds or papyrus swamp.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on invertebrates, foraging mainly on the ground.
Usually seen in pairs or in noisy groups of 5 - 15 birds. Often in mixed flocks with Arrow-marked Babbler.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season from July to October in Angola, March in Tanzania, April to May and October to February in Zambia. Co-operative breeder with a permanent territory. The nest is an untidy bowl made of grasses, dry leaves and thin roots. It's placed about 3m high in a bush, a low tree or among dense tufts of reeds and sedges. Lays 2 - 4 eggs. Often parasitized by Levaillant's Cuckoo.

[edit] Movements

Resident species with some rain-related movements.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. 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

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