Yellow-billed Babbler

These birds have grey brown upperparts, grey throat and breast with some mottling, and a pale buff belly. The head and nape are grey. The Sri Lankan form T. a. taprobanus is drab pale grey. Nominate race of southern India has whitish crown and nape with a darker mantle. The rump is paler and the tail has a broad dark tip. Birds in the extreme south of India are very similar to the Sri Lankan subspecies. The eye is bluish white. The Indian form is more heavily streaked on the throat and breast. The Sri Lankan subspecies resembles the Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striatus, although that species does not occur on the island.

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The Yellow-billed Babbler is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Yellow-billed Babblers Turdoides affinis affinis Chennai, southern India. 18 January 2006 The nominate form of this common babbler is found only on peninsular India (roughly south of the Krishna River), and differs from the Sri Lankan form taprobanus by its paler crown, darker body feathers, and darker tail tip. Both forms show a pale grey panel in the wing and are heavily mottled below. More

Yellow-billed Babbler is a common resident breeding bird in Sri Lanka and southern India. Its habitat is scrub, cultivation and garden land. This species, like most babblers, is not migratory, and has short rounded wings and a weak flight and is usually seen calling and foraging in groups. It is often mistaken for the Jungle Babbler, whose range overlaps in parts of southern India, although it has a distinctive call and tends to be found in more vegetated habitats. More

Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis - Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis copyright Naren Raykar; 2006; Near Banerghatta NP Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis copyright Sumit Sen See the Large Grey Babbler (Mystery Bird November 2004) article for more information regarding Yellow-billed Babbler. COPYRIGHT: delhibird - The Northern India Bird Network. All rights reserved. More

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Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis) Common bird in Masinagudi, Nilgiris. a.k.a. More

The Yellow-billed Babbler lives in flocks of seven to ten or more. It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members. One member often perches high and acts as a sentinel while the remaining members of the flock forage. They feeds mainly on insects, but also eat fruit and human food scrap. Birds wake up before dawn around 6 AM and begin foraging. More

I found this Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis) searching for insects in the dried undergrowth. Shot using Canon EOS 5D mark II with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM at around 3 meters from camera. That was the closest I can focus with 400mm lens ;) EXIF info… Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Lens: EF400mm f/5.6L USM Exposure Mode: Auto exposure Exposure Time: 1/500 sec. Exposure Bias: +1.3 Aperture (F Stop): f/5. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Timaliidae
Genus : Turdoides
Species : affinis
Authority : (Jerdon, 1845)