French: Cratérope d’Irak German: Riedelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide iraquí
Crateropus caudatus altirostris
E. J. O. Hartert
Fao [Al Faw], at mouth of Shatt al Arab River, south-eastern Iraq
R Euphrates Plains and nearby wetlands from S Turkey (Birecik#R) across C Syria to SE Iraq (Euphrates–Tigris Delta) and adjacent SW Iran.
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
Song a musical sequence of “phist” and “phic” calls. Chorus call a... read more
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
May in Turkey and Mar–Jul (mainly Apr–Jun) in C Iraq; two or three broods reared annually. Monogamous system; sometimes co-... read more
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.
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