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Jungle Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Striated Babbler; Deccan Babbler (somervillei)

Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2016
Turdoides striata

Argya striata


Subspecies T. s. sindiana
Photo © by Rajiv Lather
Karnal, India, May 2006

25cm (9¾ in). The most widespread Turdoides-babbler of the Indian Subcontinent.

  • Drab grey plumage
  • Yellow bill
  • Pale lores
  • Pale yellowish eyes

Other plumage markings are variable and diffuse.
Juveniles are browner-tinged overall.

Similar species

Yellow-billed Babbler has pale bluish eyes and pale panel on wing. All other Turdoides-babblers of the region don't have a yellow bill and most of them are much more streaked.


India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan.
Common in most of its range.


May form a superspecies with Orange-billed Babbler and has been considered conspecific with it.
The scientific name was formerly spelled Turdoides striatus.


Subspecies T. s. somervillei
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Bhimashankar WLS, Western Ghats, Dist. Pune, Maharashtra, India, January-2016

Five subspecies usually accepted[3]:

  • T. s. sindiana in Pakistan and northwest India
  • T. s. striata along the Himalayan foothills
  • T. s. orientalis in central and south India
  • T. s. somervillei in coastal western India
  • T. s. malabarica in southwest India from Goa to Kerala


Found in a wide variety of habitats from open and secondary forest to scrubland, plantations, orchards, hedges in cultivation or bushes in waste ground..
Locally up to 1830m.



Feeds mainly on insects but takes also frogs, grain, seeds, berries and nectar.
Gregarious and often in big groups of 6 to 12 birds or in mixed-species flocks, sometimes mixing with Yellow-billed Babbler. Usually foraging on the ground.


Allopreening behavior
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, April-2015

Breeding season all year, peak time from February to October. The nest is a loose, deep or shallow cup, made of grasses. It's placed in a bush, hedge or in a small tree. 3-7 deep greenish blue eggs are laid.
Resident species.


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Recording © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Dist. Almora, Alt. 5500 ft. above MSL, Uttarakhand, India, Oct.-2016
Call given by two individuals from a tree-perch.


Subpecies T. s. orientalis juvenile with adult
Photo © by drkishore
Uppalapadu, Guntur District, India, September 2013
  1. 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
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. 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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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