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Alternative names: Angola Babbbler; Southern White-rumped Babbler; White-rumped Babbler
23 - 24cm (9-9Â½ in). A medium-sized Turdoides-babbler.
Griseosquamata is paler than the nominate.
May form a superspecies with White-rumped Babbler.
Two subspecies usually accepted:
The described subspecies ater is considered to be a synonym for the nominate subspecies.
Dense scrub between woodlands, gallery woodland, riverine-forest edge, marshy valleys with bushes and tall grass, sometimes reedbeds or papyrus swamp.
Feeds mainly on invertebrates, foraging mainly on the ground.
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.
Resident species with some rain-related movements.
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