Family Laughingthrushes and allies (Leiotrichidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis)


French: Cratérope affin German: Gelbschnabel-Schwatzhäherling Spanish: Turdoide piquigualdo

M[alacocircus]. affinis


, 1845,

Travancore, India


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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2020). Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis). 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 24 February 2020).