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Southern Pied Babbler

From Opus

Photo by Max Holdt Etosha, Namibia, August 2004
Photo by Max Holdt
Etosha, Namibia, August 2004

Alternative names: Bicoloured Babbler; Pied Babbler

Turdoides bicolor

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[edit] Identification

Length 26 cm, mass 72-84 g.

  • White plumage with brownish-black wings and black tail
  • Black bill and feet
  • Reddish-orange to orange-yellow eyes.

[edit] Distribution

Botswana, northern Namibia, northern South Africa, southern and eastern Zimbabwe and southwest Mozambique.
Locally common.

[edit] Taxonomy

Monotypic.

[edit] Habitat

Dry savanna, often with abundance of corkwood.

[edit] Behaviour

Sociable; usually in groups of 6-10 birds year-round.
They are terrestrial, foraging mainly on the ground. The diet includes small invertebrates, although occasionally fruits and larger prey items such as lizards and scorpions are taken.
All group members cooperate to help raise the young from a single clutch and up to three successful clutches can be raised per breeding season. Average incubation time is 14 days, and average time between hatching and fledging is 16 days. 2 - 5 eggs are laid.
Resident species although groups can wander around in responce to local conditions.

[edit] References

  1. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  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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