Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Striated Babbler (Argya earlei)


French: Cratérope strié German: Strichelelsterhäherling Spanish: Turdoide de Earle

M[alacocercus]. Earlei


, 1844,

near Calcutta, India


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. e. sonivia (Koelz, 1954) – Pakistan (R Indus Plains) and NW India (Punjab).
  • A. e. earlei (Blyth, 1844) – N India (Haryana E to N Bihar and from West Bengal S to NE Odisha, also in Assam and Manipur), S Nepal, Bangladesh and SW, C & S Myanmar.
  • Descriptive notes

    24–25 cm; 46–48 g. Long-tailed, fairly large Turdoides babbler, nondescript in shades of pale brown and buff with heavy streaking above, lighter below.... read more


    Song thought to be a loud, repeated series of “tiew-tiew-tiew-tiew”, interspersed with “quip-quip-... read more


    Extensive areas of tall grass, rushes and reedbeds in marshes and swampy areas, Saccharum... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, snails and some vegetable matter. Found in flocks of 7–10 or more individuals, even during breeding season. Does not descend... read more


    All year, mainly Mar–Oct; multi-brooded. Co-operative breeder. Nest a rather massive but neat and compact cup (smaller and more... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in Pakistan, including in Dera Ismail Khan district. Locally common in E Nepal, uncommon elsewhere in country. Locally common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Striated Babbler (Argya earlei). 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 26 February 2020).