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Striated Babbler Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Argya caudata
Family : Leiothrichidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Bushes
Description : The Striated Babbler is a medium sized striped brown passerine with a long tail (length 21 cm, weight 47 g, wing 9 cm, bill 2 cm, tarsus 3.2 cm, tail 12.5 cm). The upperparts are entirely earth brown with darker brown streaks on the head and back. It has fine crossbarring on the tail and the outer tail feathers are greyish-buff visible only in flight. It has a distinctive small whitish moustache stripe. It has fulvous throat, breast and belly with dark shafts tripes on the breast. Its bill is dull yellow with a darker horn culmen, nostrils and tip. It has yellow irises, plumbeous eyelids and yellow mouth. Its legs and feet are plumbeous or fleshy plumbeous and its claws are pinkish. The male and the female look alike. It breeds in March-October. It is a social bird found in small groups of six to twenty individuals. They are vociferous and often move on the ground, with some members acting as lookouts from the tops of bushes. They forage through the undergrowth, hopping and creeping like rodents. Their calls include a rapid trill and a high-pitched squeak for alarm. They inhabit dry regions with sparse, thorny scrub vegetation and feed on insects, berries, and grains, with favorites being Lantana and Capparis berries.

Breeding pairs can be found within the group, and adults engage in grooming behaviors. They nest in shallow cup nests low in thorny bushes and lay 2-3 turquoise blue eggs. The young birds can fly after about a week and remain with the group, joining adults at communal roosts. Helpers, likely young birds from previous broods, assist in feeding and caring for the young. The common babblers exhibit cooperative breeding, with groups of males sharing lineage with females who eventually leave their natal groups.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;photo credit: Subhajit Roy (www.inaturalist.org/people/ Subhajit Roy ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Sharad Apte(www.xeno-canto.org/Sharad Apte), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.