Afghan babbler

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Afghan babbler
Afghan Babbler.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Turdoides
Species: T. huttoni
Binomial name
Turdoides huttoni
(Blyth, 1847)

The Afghan babbler (Turdoides huttoni) is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It is found from southeastern Iraq to south western Pakistan. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the common babbler.

When compared to the common babbler, the Afghan babbler has a heavier bill and dark streaks on the breast and sides. The vocalizations are also different.[1][2] The variation is sometimes considered to be clinal but two subspecies have been recognized.[3][4][5] The Afghan babbler group includes salvadorii (De Filippi, 1865) found in Iraq and western Iran and huttoni (Blyth, 1847) from eastern Iran through Afghanistan east to southwestern Pakistan.


  1. ^ Rasmussen, P.C. "Biogeographic and conservation implications of revised species limits and distributions of South Asian birds". Zool. Med. Leiden. 79 (13): 137–146.
  2. ^ Collar, NJ (2006). "A partial revision of the Asian babblers (Timaliidae)" (PDF). Forktail. 22: 85–112. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ Deignan, H; RA Paynter Jr.; S D Ripley (1964). Mayr, E.; Paynter RA, Jr., eds. Check-list of Birds of the World. Volume 10. Museum of Comparative Zoology. pp. 332–333.
  4. ^ Abdulali, Humayun; D'Cunha, Eric (1982). "On the validity of Turdoides caudatus eclipes (Hume)". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 79 (1): 199–200.
  5. ^ Vaurie, C (1953). "Systematic notes on Palearctic birds no. 3. Turdoides caudatus and Turdoides altirostris". Am. Mus. Novit. 1642: 1–8.
  • 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.