Thursday, September 27, 2012

Large Grey Babbler (Turdoides malcolmi)

This long-tailed and large babbler has a brown body with creamy white outer tail feathers which are easily visible as they fly with fluttery wing beats low over the ground. The lores are dark and forehead is grey with white shaft streaks on the feathers. The rump and uppertail covers are pale grey. The mantle has dusky blotches and no shaft streaks. The three outer tail feathers are white and the fourth pair has the outer web white. The wings are darker brown. The iris is yellow and the upper mandible is dark brown while the lower mandible is yellowish. The tail is faintly cross barred. Abnormal specimens showing albinism or leucism have been reported.

Well it was a hot day of november2011 when I was in the field. I locate a flock of these large grey babblers feeding on the ground. I made several frames with different actions.

Large Grey Babbler portrait

Large Grey Babbler preening

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