Family Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)

Vulnerable

Marsh Babbler (Pellorneum palustre)


Taxonomy

French: Akalat des marais German: Sumpf-Erddrossling Spanish: Tordina palustre
Taxonomy:

Pellorneum palustre

Gould

, 1872,

Cachar, Assam, India

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

NE India (Brahmaputra floodplains in Assam and immediately adjacent Arunachal Pradesh) and NE Bangladesh.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Smallish round-tailed babbler, dark brown above and whitish below, with rufous-buff flanks and heavy dark breast streaks. Crown, upperparts, upperwing and tail are... read more

Voice

Highly vocal. Song an electric crackling followed by rapid downscale whinnying, “kt’t... read more

Habitat

Reeds and coarse high grass bordering forest, swamps and rivers, elephant grass, savanna grassland... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably small invertebrates and some vegetable matter. Very skulking; works its way through dense tall grass... read more

Breeding

Feb–May. Nest reportedly ball-shaped, like that of P. ruficeps, made of grass, lined with finer grass or a few rootlets,... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Assam Plains EBA. Scarce and very local; population probably declining rapidly in response to widespread loss of habitat.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Marsh Babbler (Pellorneum palustre). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59503 on 21 February 2019).