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Yellow-eyed Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies C. s. hypoleucum
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, December-2018
Chrysomma sinense


Subspecies C. s. sinense
Photo © by portnoy58
Huay Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi, Thailand, April 2011

18 - 23cm (7-9 in). A brown, long-tailed babbler.

  • Short stout black bill
  • Orange-yellow eye with broad orange eye-ring
  • White lores , eyebrow, throat and breast
  • Long, rufous tail
  • Brown above, creamy below

Juveniles are much paler and more rufous above, have a browner bill and darker eyes.

Similar species

Could be confused with Jerdon's Babbler, Slender-billed Babbler or Jungle Prinia.


South Asia. Found on the Indian Subcontinent (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) and east over Burma to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.
Common in parts of its range.



Four subspecies recognized[1]:


Open grass and scrubland, secondary growth, thorn-jungle, tamarisks, edges of cultivation, reedbeds, fernlands. Usually in the lowlands up to 1500m.


Clings to twigs and reed stems sideways or upside-down like a tit. Seldom on ground. Seen in pairs or outside the breeding season in small groups, often associated with Prinias.


Feeds on caterpillars, grasshoppers and other insects. Takes also spiders, berries and nectar.


Breeding season from March to November in most of its range. The nest is a small, cone-shaped cup made of coarse grass, fibrous bark strips, dry plant fibres and bamboo leaves. It's suspended between upright stems of reeds, grasses, sugar cane or monsoon plants or wedged in a small tree, shrub or bush. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.


Resident species.


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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
One individual giving three types of calls while moving through mid-sized bushes, just before Sunset.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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