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Common Babbler

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Ventral view : Ssp. caudata Photo by RakeshDiwe Ghat, Pune India, February 2007
Ventral view : Ssp. caudata
Photo by Rakesh
Diwe Ghat, Pune India, February 2007
Turdoides caudata


[edit] Identification

20-26 cm (7¾-10¼ in)

  • Very long-tailed Babbler
  • Slender, slightly down-curved bill
  • Dark eyes
  • Strong dark streaks on pale buff to grey upperparts
  • Unmarked pale underparts

[edit] Confusion species

Spiny Babbler in Nepal is darker above and paler below. Striated Babbler in northern India and Pakistan has a dark throat.

[edit] Distribution

Found in South Asia: From southern Pakistan to India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Dorsal view : Ssp. caudataPhoto by Alok TewariSultanpur, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, August 2015
Dorsal view : Ssp. caudata
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, August 2015

Two subspecies accepted[3]:

Afghan Babbler was formerly considered conspecific.
This species is also sometimes placed in genus Argya.

[edit] Habitat

Dry open scrubland, semi-deserts, thorn-scrub, sandy floodplains and rocky hills.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on insects but takes also grains, berries and nectar. Forages in noisy groups of 6 - 7 birds (called Seven Sisters in India, a name which is also used for Yellow-billed Babbler) but groups can be bigger.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season all year. May breed several times a year. Co-operative breeder with complex family structures. The nest is a neat, deep cup, made of grasses and placed in a bush or a small tree. Lays 3 - 5 eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
Long call by two individuals, calling after daybreak. Very brief calls by Indian Peafowl, Plain Prinia and Red-wattled Lapwing.

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2015
Single call / song by one individual in peak summer-monsoon month, early morning time.

[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, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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