Project Description


Common Babblers are found in the dry open scrub country mainly in India. The species is long-tailed, slim with an overall brown or greyish colour. Streaked on the upper plumage and having a distinctive whitish throat.

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Facts & Details:

  • Scientific Name: Argya caudata
  • Category: Perching Birds
  • Sexes: Alike
  • Size: 20–26 cm
  • Weight: 30–40 g
  • Nesting Period: March to July
  • Current Population Trend: Stable
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC) [IUCNREDLIST]


  • Dull brown above,
  • Profusely streaked
  • Brown wings
  • Olivish-brown tail long and graduated
  • Dull white throat
  • Pale fulvous underbody
  • Streaked on breast sides.

Geographical Range, Habitat and Diet:

Range: Most of N, NW, W and peninsular India, south of outer Himalaya to about 2,000m; east to about West Bengal

Habitat: Thorn scrub, open cultivation, grass.

Diet: Insects, flower nectar, berries, grains

Behaviour of Common Babbler:

Like most other babblers, the common babbler is found in small parties of six to twenty. They are vociferous, moving on the ground often with members keeping watch from the tops of bushes. They forage through the undergrowth hopping on the ground and creeping like rodents. When moving on the ground, they often keep the long tail raised.

Several breeding pairs may be found within a group. Adults will often indulge in preening the head and neck feathers of other group members. They build a shallow cup nest low in a thorny bush and lay about 2-3 turquoise blue eggs. The eggs hatch after about 13–15 days. The young birds are able to fly within a week and continue to stay with the group, joining the adults at the roost.

Regional Names:

  • Gujarati: શેરડી લલેડુ
  • Malayalam: വരയൻ ചിലപ്പൻ
  • Marathi: छोटा सातभाई, सामान्य सातभाई
  • Nepali: कुरुबाहुक भ्याकुर
  • Tamil: தவிட்டிச் சிலம்பன்
  • French: Cratérope indien
  • German: Langschwanz-Elsterhäherling
  • Spanish: Turdoide indio