Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Iraq Babbler (Argya altirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Cratérope d’Irak German: Riedelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide iraquí
Taxonomy:

Crateropus caudatus altirostris

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1909,

Fao [Al Faw], at mouth of Shatt al Arab River, south-eastern Iraq

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

R Euphrates Plains and nearby wetlands from S Turkey (Birecik#R) across C Syria to SE Iraq (Euphrates–Tigris Delta) and adjacent SW Iran.

Descriptive notes

20–24 cm; mean 33 g. Relatively small but long-tailed Turdoides babbler with curved bill, softly streaked upperparts and plain white and buff underparts. Crown... read more

Voice

Song a musical sequence of “phist” and “phic” calls. Chorus call a... read more

Habitat

Dense reedbeds, palm groves, date gardens, poplar trees (Populus euphratica) lining... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, mainly insects and spiders (Araneae). Food given to nestlings 60% insects, in descending order of importance grasshoppers (... read more

Breeding

May in Turkey and Mar–Jul (mainly Apr–Jun) in C Iraq; two or three broods reared annually. Monogamous system; sometimes co-... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mesopotamian Marshes EBA. Locally common. Common, for example, in provinces of Baghdad and Basra, in Iraq.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2017). Iraq Babbler (Argya altirostris). 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/59545 on 23 September 2017).