Order Passeriformes

Family Timaliidae

Babblers
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General
  • Tiny to rather large passerines, highly variable, most with short and rounded wings, usually relatively long tail often graduated, generally rather robust but not very deep bill, sturdy legs; plumage widely variable, many species rather plain and some dull brown, others strikingly patterned in contasting and/or bright colours.
  • Asia and Africa; one species in western North America.
  • Forest, forest edge, scrub and grassland, from desert fringes to deep rainforest.
  • 7-35 cm.
  • 84 genera, 310 species, 873 taxa.
  • 30 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Babblers (Timaliidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52329 on 27 March 2017).