Jungle Babblers drying in the sun

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“I was surprised to find there were no Jungle Babblers posted about on the Bird Ecology Study Group site.

Jungle Babbler (Photo: Shantanu Kuveskar, Wikimedia Commons).

“In the video below, three Satbhais (Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striata) have had a bath and are drying themselves in the late winter sun on the Anwala (Indian Gooseberry) tree in our garden.

“The Jungle Babbler is found in the Indian subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of “Seven Brothers”.

“It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the harsh mewing calls, continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members.

Wikipedia says that females tend to leave their natal group after about two years – this seems unusual to me, as all birds I have read of so far, leave their parents as adults in only a few weeks.”

Anjana Mehta
Rajasthan, India
9th May 2019

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