French: Cratérope de brousse German: Dschungelschwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide matorralero
Dumont de Sainte Croix
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.
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 mid-summer peaks) in NW & W and mainly Apr–Dec in SW. Social breeder,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout Indus plains of Pakistan, and fairly common in Dera Ismail Khan district, in N. Fairly common in Nepal. Uncommon in Bhutan, where... read more
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