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Alternative name: Earle's Babbler
With 24 - 25 cm (9Â½-9Â¾ in) a fairly large Turdoides-babbler:
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Resident and locally common species.
This species is sometimes placed in genus Turdoides.
Two subspecies recognized:
Marsh grassland, reedbeds, sometimes in sugarcane and bushes around rice paddies.
Feeds on insects, snails and vegetable matter. Forages mainly above the ground in grass and reeds.
Breeding season all year with a peak between March and October. A co-operative breeder with several broods a year. The nest is a massive cup made of grasses, leaves and roots. It's placed in the reed, in a small bush or in a small tree, usually close to the ground. Lays 2 - 4 eggs.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Kherki Mazra, Dist. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February-2017
Many types of calls given by an early morning foraging party of about 10 individuals.
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