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Striated Babbler

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Nominate subspeciesPhoto © by nick scarleKoshi Tappu, Nepal, March 2017
Nominate subspecies
Photo © by nick scarle
Koshi Tappu, Nepal, March 2017

Alternative name: Earle's Babbler

Argya earlei

Turdoides earlei


[edit] Identification

Dorsal View showing Plumage detailPhoto © by Alok TewariDist Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February 2017
Dorsal View showing Plumage detail
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist Gurgaon, Haryana, India, February 2017

With 24 - 25 cm (9½-9¾ in) a fairly large Turdoides-babbler:

  • Pale brown below with rufous-mottled throat
  • Yellow bill with dark tip
  • Pale yellow eyes
  • Heavy black streaks on crown, also streaked on mantle
  • Fine streaked on throat and breast

[edit] Similar species

May be confused with Common Babbler or Striated Grassbird.

[edit] Distribution

Found from Pakistan (Indus river system) over northwest and north India (Ganges and Brahmaputra river valleys) and south Nepal to Bangladesh and Burma.

Resident and locally common species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is sometimes placed in genus Turdoides.

[edit] Subspecies

Photo © by aloktewariOkhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi-UP Border, India, February 2011
Photo © by aloktewari
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Delhi-UP Border, India, February 2011

Two subspecies recognized[3]:

[edit] Habitat

Marsh grassland, reedbeds, sometimes in sugarcane and bushes around rice paddies.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, snails and vegetable matter. Forages mainly above the ground in grass and reeds.
Usually found in flocks of seven to ten birds, sometimes more.

[edit] Breeding

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.
Brood parasitism by Pied Cuckoo is reported.

[edit] Vocalisation

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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.

[edit] References

  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

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