French: Cratérope strié German: Strichelelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide de Earle
near Calcutta, India.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. e. sonivia
(Koelz, 1954) – Pakistan (R Indus Plains) and NW India (Punjab).
A. e. earlei
(Blyth, 1844) – N India (Haryana E to N Bihar and from West Bengal S to NE Odisha, also in Assam and Manipur), S Nepal, Bangladesh and SW, C & S Myanmar.
24–25 cm; 46–48 g. Long-tailed, fairly large Turdoides babbler, nondescript in shades of pale brown and buff with heavy streaking above, lighter below.... read more
Song thought to be a loud, repeated series of “tiew-tiew-tiew-tiew”, interspersed with “quip-quip-... read more
Extensive areas of tall grass, rushes and reedbeds in marshes and swampy areas, Saccharum... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, snails and some vegetable matter. Found in flocks of 7–10 or more individuals, even during breeding season. Does not descend... read more
All year, mainly Mar–Oct; multi-brooded. Co-operative breeder. Nest a rather massive but neat and compact cup (smaller and more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in Pakistan, including in Dera Ismail Khan district. Locally common in E Nepal, uncommon elsewhere in country. Locally common... read more
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