French: Cratérope gris German: Malcolmelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide gris
the Deccan [= Pune, Maharashtra], India
NE Pakistan (Punjab) E to N India (W Bihar), and S through peninsula to Gujarat in W and Tamil Nadu in E; also extreme SW Nepal.
27–28 cm; 63–92 g. Large, long-tailed, rather plain greyish Turdoides babbler with paler rump and outer tail, creamy grey below. Forecrown is pale grey... read more
Noisy. Calls are very nasal, buzzy, insistent bleats, “nyárrr-nyárrr-nyá... read more
Dry open country with sparse scrub, babul and Butea (dhak) jungle, scrubland, cultivation... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects; also grain, seeds and berries, and occasionally ripening millet in standing fields and sugary exudate from sorghum leaves.... read more
All months (mostly Mar–Oct) in India, with spring and autumn peaks in Delhi region, at least; multi-brooded. Co-operative breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare and local in Pakistan; local and frequent in W parts of terai, in Nepal; common but local in India. In India, most frequent in the Deccan;... read more
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