Alternative names: Reinwardt's Babbler; Black-eyed Babbler
- Turdoides reinwardtii
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
There are 2 subspecies:
- T. r. reinwardtii from Senegal to Mali and Sierra Leone
- T. r. stictilaema from Ivory Coast to Democratic Republic of Congo
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.
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blackcap Babbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 15 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blackcap_Babbler