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Hinde's Babbler

From Opus

Alternative name: Hinde's Pied-Babbler

Photo © by  nkgrayMukurwe-ini near Nyeri, Kenya, 26 October 2012
Photo © by nkgray
Mukurwe-ini near Nyeri, Kenya, 26 October 2012
Turdoides hindei


[edit] Identification

With 20 - 23cm (7¾-9 in) a smallish piebald Turdoides-babbler. No two individuals quite alike:

  • Dark brown with extensive white scaling
  • Buff flanks
  • White belly
  • Partial albinism occurs frequently with white tips on wings and tail (asymmetrically), rufous markings may appear anywhere on head and body
  • Red eyes
  • Black legs

[edit] Distribution

Kenya, near Mt Kenya.
A scarce and very local restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1]..
May form a superspecies with Scaly Babbler, Northern Pied-Babbler and Sharpe's Babbler.

[edit] Habitat

Thickets and woodland within semi-arid areas and moist, fertile land largely cleared for agriculture.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

No information about diet, feeds probably on invertebrates, berries and seeds.
Usually seen in groups of 4 - 8 birds.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season in February, April and from August to October. Co-operative breeder. Clutches of 2-3 eggs are laid in nests built at 1-3 m, usually in thickets. The nest is an open cup made of grass.

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. 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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