Common Babbler Pictures and Detail (Turdoides caudata)

Common Babbler, Babbler,
Common Babbler 

Common Babbler Pictures and Detail-

Today, I will share the detail and pictures of Common Babbler. Earlier, I shared with you another Babbler i.e. Jungle Babbler. The strange thing here is that I found Jungle Babbler more common than the Common Babbler. Jungle Babblers are very common in cities and near the human population, whereas Common Babblers look slightly away from humans. 

Common Babbler

Common Babblers are small grey and white-colored creatures that are much smaller than the Jungle Babblers. The scientific name of these birds is Turdoides Caudata and belong to the Leiothrichidae family of birds. Like the Jungle Babbler, Common Babblers can also be found in small groups and they too create noise. We can find two subspecies of Common Babblers. 

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We can recognize Common Babbler with their long tails and greyish color with dark streaks. We can find a white patch on their throat and the bottom of the bird is paler. Common Babblers are mainly found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. 

Common Babbler

Common Babbler

It is common to find Common Babblers moving on the ground or hanging in thick grasses. They move on the ground like rodents with tails kept upside. It is common to find these birds in drylands. The size of these birds is 20-25 cm and they weigh around 30-40 g. 
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Common Babbler mainly eats insects like beetles, caterpillars, ants, termites, grasshoppers, spiders etc. They also eat grains. Their breeding season is from May to July and they are resident birds. 
Common Babbler, Babblers
Common Babbler

At present common babblers are put in the least concerned birds category because of their good population. It is quite difficult to capture pictures of Common Babblers because of their grey color which mix with their surrounding. In future, I will bring more pics and info of Common Babblers. 


  1. Arvind ji namaste. There are a pair of small brown birds which I've noticed recently. They make a very sweet sound and are prancing around the place energetically. I don't know why though, but they are attacking 2-3 crows that hang around the place. They just keep poking their beaks at them when they sit on specific trees or parapets, and I can't see a nest. The birds are brown with a white chest marked with brown spots on the chest. They have longish tails that resemble an upturned fan when they fluff up their bodies in defence or to attract a mate I think... what bird do you think this is and why are they doing this to the crows? I have pics on the cell, but they are pathetic quality.

  2. I think, they can be Some type of common tailor birds . These birds are small in size and make a sweet sound. We can see slight change in their color at different geographical location. The main reason of their attacks on the crows is likely to be a past bad experience with the crows like crows may have stolen their eggs or may have eaten their new born. If it is not then do try to send me a pic at email - or describe more.


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