Spiny babbler

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Spiny babbler
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Turdoides
Species: T. nipalensis
Binomial name
Turdoides nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836)

Timalia nipalensis
Acanthoptila nipalensis

The spiny babbler (Turdoides nipalensis; Nepali: काँडे भ्याकुर) is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It is found only in the middle hills of Nepal

It can be sighted around the Kathmandu valley, specifically around the Godavari and Phulchoki area close to the city of Lalitpur. Also known locally as the “Kande Bhyakura”, literally translated “thorny bird". It was first spotted by Sidney Dillon Ripley, an American ornithologist, in Nepal.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Turdoides nipalensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Dreams, Himalayan. "The Spiny Babbler-Wings of Nature". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  • 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.