Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Babbler (Turdoides tenebrosa)


French: Cratérope ombré German: Uferschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide sombrío

Crateropus tenebrosus


, 1883,

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


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


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


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


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


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



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Present but uncommon in Manovo-Gounda St 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. (2020). 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 on 27 February 2020).