French: Cratérope affin German: Gelbschnabel-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide piquigualdo
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. a. affinis
(Jerdon, 1845) – S peninsular India (including Rameswaram I) S from S Maharashtra, S Chhattisgarh and C Andhra Pradesh.
T. a. taprobanus
Ripley, 1958 – Sri Lanka.
23 cm; mean 63 g. Very pale-headed medium-sized Turdoides babbler with yellow bill and legs, scaly breast pattern, grey wingpanel and pale-based dark-ended tail.... read more
Sharper and more musical than that of T. striata. Calls given in excited flocks mainly... read more
Open forest and secondary woodland, dry scrub, particularly Lantana, cultivation, village... read more
Food and feeding
Insects such as beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae) and other bugs, caterpillars, termites (Isoptera),... read more
All year, mainly Mar–Nov, in India; mainly Nov–Mar in low-country dry zone of Sri Lanka. Co-operative breeder, living in social... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in India; common throughout Sri Lanka except on highest hills. In India, present in Mudumalai National Park and common at Point... read more
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