Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)


French: Cratérope de brousse German: Dschungelschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide matorralero

Cossyphus striatus

Dumont de Sainte Croix

, 1823,

Bengal, India


Usually treated as conspecific with T. somervillei. Has been treated as conspecific with T. rufescens. Proposed race orissae (from E India) treated as synonym of nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. sindiana (Ticehurst, 1920) – Pakistan (R Indus Plains) and NW India (from Himalayan foothills, Punjab and Haryana S to Rann of Kutch).
  • T. s. striata (Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823) – Himalayan foothills from SE Himachal Pradesh E to S Nepal, S Bhutan and W Assam, and S in India to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, S West Bengal and NE Andhra Pradesh, and Bangladesh.
  • T. s. malabarica (Jerdon, 1845) – SW India.
  • T. s. orientalis (Jerdon, 1845) – peninsular India except W & NE.
  • Descriptive notes

    25 cm; 55–84 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler with pale eye, whitish lores, yellow bill and dull brownish-grey plumage, softly streaked on back and breast.... read more


    A harsh conversational “ke-ke-ke” uttered when on the move, frequently breaking out... read more


    Open forest and secondary forest, patches of moist deciduous forest, scrubland, bamboo, gardens,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Wide range of invertebrates, mainly insects, including hymenopterans (ants, wasps, ichneumon flies), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers and... read more


    In India all year, mainly Feb–Oct (with spring and midsummer peaks) in NW & W and mainly Apr–Dec in SW. Social breeder, but... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout Indus plains of Pakistan, and fairly common in Dera Ismail Khan district, in N. Fairly common in Nepal. Uncommon in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Robson, C. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata). 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 January 2020).