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  Arrow-marked Babbler

 

Turdoides jardineii

(560) 24 cm; 72g

SEXES  Alike. Streaked or 'arrowed' head and breast very distinctive. Two-tone eyes (yellowish centre and reddish rim) give an orange appearance.

JUV  Similar to ad but lacks white streaks; spotted dusky below; brown eyes.

STATUS  Locally common resident and largely sedentary, usually in flocks of 4-8 birds.

HABITAT  Semi-arid woodland, especially broad-leaved woodland such as miombo; often close to riparian thickets, and absent from drier central Kalahari.

FOOD  Insectivorous; also small reptiles, seeds and small fruit. Recorded feeding on nectar.

CALL  Harsh bubbling chatter, often in chorus ra, ra, ra, ra, ra…, rising to a crescendo.

BR  Monogamous and co-operative br. Bulky open cup nest placed 2-4 m above ground and built by all group members. Clutch 2-5 eggs; incubation and feeding of young shared by all group members. Main host of Levaillant's Cuckoo.

 

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Bam001

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam002

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam003

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam004

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam005

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam006

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam007

Khwai

Camera: Canon 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam008

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 60D

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam009

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 5D MkIII

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam010

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 5D MkIII

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4

 

 

Bam011

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 5D MkIII

Lens: Canon 600mm f/4

 

 

Bam012

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon 7D MkII

Lens: Canon 300mm f/2.8

 

 

Bam013

Savuti

Camera: Canon 5D MkIII

Lens: Canon 400mm f/2.8

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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