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Alternative names: Reinwardt's Babbler; Black-eyed Babbler

Turdoides reinwardtii
Photo by Steve G
Bijilo, The Gambia, March 2005


With 25 - 26cm a fairly large Turdoides-babbler:

  • Blackish hood
  • Grey-brown upperparts
  • White throat and underparts, spotted on breast
  • White eye-ring
  • Buff flanks


West Africa from Senegal east to Cameroon and Chad, locally also in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Resident species.


There are 2 subspecies:


Gallery forest, thick scrub in open savanna woodland, bamboo groves, tall scrub along streams, parkland, sometimes mangroves. From sea-level to 1000m.



The diet includes insects and fruit. Forages on ground, flipping falling leaves with bill. Found in small flocks of 6 to 10 birds.


It builds a cup shaped nest in dense foliage and 2-3 eggs are laid. Co-operative breeder.


  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

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