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  Southern Pied Babbler

 

Turdoides bicolour

(563) 26 cm; 77 g

SEXES  Alike, M F. All-white body with blackish wings and tail easily separates it from Bare­cheeked Babbler, which has rufous nape and back.

JUV  Pale brown underparts and dark brown upperparts. White plumage develops on underparts first, ad plumage attained at 4-6 months.

STATUS  Locally common endemic, usually in groups of 6-10 birds.

HABITAT  Semi­arid to arid savanna woodland, especially Commiphora and Acacia with sparse grass cover.

FOOD  Insects; also small reptiles.

CALL  Various harsh chattering cha, cha, cha..., keeyi, keey;, keeyi... and kawa, kawa, kawa... notes.

BR  Probably monogamous; br co-operatively (up to 12 helpers recorded). Nest an untidy open bowl; 2-5 pale blue eggs with fine nodules on shell surface. Parasitised by Levaillant's Cuckoo.

ALT NAME  Pied Babbler.

 

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Bsp001

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsb002

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsb003

South Gate, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bsb004

Nhabe River, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsb005

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Bsp006

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsp007

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsp008

Khumaga

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Bsp009

Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Bsp010

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L 

 

Bsp011

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

Bsp012

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

Bsp013

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

Bsp014

Black Pools

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L

 

 

Bsp015

Leopard Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Bsp016

Tree Lodge, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bsp017

WaggaWagga, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Bsp018

Farm near Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II 

 

Bsp019

Farm near Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Mk II 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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