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Spiny Babbler

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Photo by tony.sawSarangkot, Kaski District, Gandaki Zone, central Nepal, November 2015
Photo by tony.saw
Sarangkot, Kaski District, Gandaki Zone, central Nepal, November 2015
Turdoides nipalensis


[edit] Identification

With 22 - 26cm (8½-10¼ in); a medium-sized Turdoides babbler.

  • Distinctive slightly downcurved blackish bill
  • Whitish face and underparts
  • Fine dark streaks on throat, breast and flanks
  • Pale bluish to witish eyes

[edit] Confusion species

Common Babbler and Striated Babbler are less dark above and less pale below.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Nepal but may also occur in adjacent India. Resident.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in monotypic genus Acanthoptila.

[edit] Habitat

Dense scrub on hillsides, usually far from cultivation. Found from 900m to 2150m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on insects. Forages on the ground, during the breeding season in pairs.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season is from April to June. The nest is a deep cup made of grass and placed in a small bush. Lays 3 - 4 eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. 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
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672

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