Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Northern Pied Babbler (Turdoides hypoleuca)


French: Cratérope bigarré German: Zweifarb-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide pío

Crateropus hypoleucus


, 1878,

Kitui, Kenya


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. h. hypoleuca (Cabanis, 1878) – C & S Kenya S to N Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro).
  • T. h. rufuensis (Neumann, 1906) – NE Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–25 cm; 67–80 g. Medium-sized Turdoides babbler, brown above and white below, with partial or full breastband. Nominate race has crown, nape and mantle... read more


    Very noisy. Chorus song a loud “teeya-teeya-teeya”, “skare-skare-skare-skare…” or longer “... read more


    Middle-elevation bushlands, edges of dry evergreen forest, secondary growth, patches of ... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet; presumably mainly invertebrates, berries and seeds. Forages mostly on ground under thick cover of bushes, tossing... read more


    Feb–Dec (peaks Apr–May and Nov) in Kenya and Nov and Feb in Tanzania. Nest a rough cup of leaves, twigs and coarse dry grasses... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Range relatively small. Locally common in Kenya, and a common bird in Nairobi gardens. In Tanzania occurs in three populations; one (around Mt... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Northern Pied Babbler (Turdoides hypoleuca). 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 21 February 2020).