French: Cratérope indien German: Langschwanz-Elsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide indio
Other common names:
Dumont de Sainte Croix
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. salvadorii
(De Filippi, 1865) – E & SE Iraq, Kuwait and SW Iran.
A. c. huttoni
(Blyth, 1847) – Afghan Babbler – SE Iran, SW Afghanistan and SW Pakistan.
A. c. eclipes
(A. O. Hume, 1877) – N & C Pakistan E to SW Jammu and Kashmir and adjacent NW India (NW Punjab).
A. c. caudata
(Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823) – Common Babbler – C, E & SE Pakistan, India (except Himalayas and NE) including Rameswaram I (off SE Tamil Nadu) and Laccadive Is, also SW Nepal.
20–26 cm; 30–40 g. Fairly small to medium-sized Turdoides babbler with rather slim decurved bill, fairly strong streaking above, mostly plain white and... read more
Song reported but not described. Chorus call (assembly call) a series of 15–25 pleasant rapid... read more
Semi-desert, dry plains, stony lower hills, xerophytic thorn scrub-jungle, scrubland, sandy... read more
Food and feeding
Ants (Formicidae), caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), termites (Isoptera), spiders (Araneae); also grain,... read more
All year, mainly Mar–Sept; multi-brooded. Co-operative breeder, with three permutations: (i) group with single breeding pair, (ii)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common. Common in Baghdad area of Iraq, at least in 1960s. Common in SW & SE Iran. Very common in Dera Ismail Khan district, in N... read more
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