Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Near Threatened

Orange-billed Babbler (Turdoides rufescens)


French: Cratérope de Ceylan German: Orangeschnabel-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide cingalés
Other common names: Ceylon Rufous Babbler

M[alacocercus]. rufescens


, 1847,

Sri Lanka


Has been treated as conspecific with T. striata. Monotypic.


SW Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Medium-sized rusty-chestnut Turdoides babbler with orange-yellow bill and yellow legs. Crown to mantle are rufous-brown with pale greyish tinge, shading... read more


In groups, gives constant chattering, squeaking and chirping, principally a petulant, short,... read more


Broadleaf evergreen forest, thickets and bamboo scrub in well-wooded areas; apparently restricted... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, including large black beetles (Coleoptera); also fruit. Gregarious and noisy; found in parties of 6–12, sometimes up... read more


Mar–May. Nest a fairly loose cup of grasses, small twigs and leaves, placed in low fork of small tree or among creepers surrounding... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Fairly common to common in wet lowlands, usually rare on... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Orange-billed Babbler (Turdoides rufescens). 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 28 February 2020).