Black-faced babbler

Black-faced babbler

Black-faced babbler

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SPECIES
Turdoides melanops

The black-faced babbler (Turdoides melanops ) is a species of songbird in the family Leiothrichidae. It was once it was considered conspecific with the black-lored babbler, A. sharpei.

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As defined here, it occurs in northwestern Botswana, northern Namibia, and Angola. Like other Turdoides, it is found low or on the ground in or near dense woody vegetation, including in cultivated areas.

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Appearance

Black-faced babblers are 21 to 25 cm (8 to 10 inches) long. Birds are largely grayish brown with geographically and individually variable white mottling, especially below. The combination of pale yellow or white eyes and black lores (the areas between the eye and the bill) separates this species from similar babblers, though all juvenile babblers have brown eyes.

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The calls are described as "A nasal 'wha-wha-wha' and a harsh, fast 'papapapa'."

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Habits and Lifestyle

They forage in leaf litter and are "much more furtive than the other babblers".

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Diet and Nutrition

References

1. Black-faced babbler Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-faced_babbler
2. Black-faced babbler on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22716428/94494822

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