Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Babbler (Turdoides tenebrosa)


Taxonomy

French: Cratérope ombré German: Uferschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide sombrío
Taxonomy:

Crateropus tenebrosus

Hartlaub

, 1883,

Kudurma [4°45’ N, 29°35’ E], South Sudan

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Has been thought possibly to be conspecific with T. melanops and T. reinwardtii. Monotypic.

Distribution:

NW, S & E South Sudan, SW Ethiopia, NE DRCongo and NW Uganda. Possibly adjacent NE Central African Republic.

Descriptive notes

24–26 cm. Dark, medium-sized Turdoides babbler with longish bill, white eye, blackish lores, wings and tail, and pale-scaled blackish-brown breast. Forehead is... read more

Voice

Chorus song not reported, and voice little known. Call an occasional hoarse “chow”,... read more

Habitat

Undergrowth of hilly woodlands and other dense cover near water, at 600–1200 m.

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including beetle larvae (Coleoptera), small snails, small millipedes (Diplopoda); also fruit. Found in pairs or small... read more

Breeding

Apr and Jul in Sudan, Feb–Apr and Jun in Uganda and Dec in DRCongo. Nest a fairly deep cup made of dried leaves and grasses, lined... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Present but uncommon in Manovo-Gounda-Saint Floris National Park, in Central African Republic; rare in Sudan, but possibly locally common in far S... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Dusky Babbler (Turdoides tenebrosa). 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/59561 on 21 September 2017).