Arrow-marked babbler

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Arrow-marked Babbler
Turdoides jardineii -South Africa-8.jpg
In Pretoria, South Africa
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Turdoides
Species: T. jardineii
Binomial name
Turdoides jardineii
(Smith, 1836)

The Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii) is a species of bird in the Leiothrichidae family.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Description[edit]

Ngwenya Resort, near Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Arrow-marked Babbler is a medium sized babbler, 22–25 cm (8.7–9.8 in) in length and weighing 56–85 g (2.0–3.0 oz). The common name for the species is derived from its plumage, which is brownish-grey above and lighter below, with white tips to the feathers on the throat, neck and head. The iris is bright red and the inner ring of the eye bright yellow or orange. The males and females are identical in appearance.

Behaviour[edit]

The Arrow-marked Babbler lives in social groups of between 3 to 15 birds (six being the average) that defend large territories, with the size of the territory being dependent upon the number of individuals in the group. They feed on insects, spiders and sometimes snails and lizards, as well as fruits. Foraging occurs near the ground, sometimes in association with other babblers or bulbuls.

References[edit]

  • Collar, N. J. & Robson, C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70–291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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