Arabian Babbler (Turdoides squamiceps) - HBW 12, p. 216
French: Cratérope écaillé
Spanish: Turdoide Árabe
Other common names: Brown Babbler(!)
Taxonomy: Malurus squamiceps Cretzschmar, 1827, Aqaba, Jordan.
Individuals of this species observed from E Yemen to S Oman apparently not yet assigned to race. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- squamiceps (Cretzschmar, 1827) - extreme NE Egypt (Sinai), S Israel, and SW Jordan S to C Saudi Arabia.
- yemensis (Neumann, 1904) - SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
- muscatensis Meyer de Schauensee & Ripley, 1953 - E United Arab Emirates and N Oman.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
Two birds foraging on the ground. Locality Mushrif Park, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp muscatensis)
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 2 years ago 1 min 13 sec 4.3
bird on the ground Locality Arava Valley, Israel (ssp squamiceps)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 25 November 2011 21 weeks ago 20 sec 4
A bird on a branch and flying away Locality Al Mamzar, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp muscatensis)
Eric Roualet 22 February 2008 6 years ago 38 sec 3.9
A small group of birds preening and foraging in the shade. Locality Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp muscatensis)
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 2 years ago 52 sec 3.8
A bird singing in a bush Locality Qurayqira, Jordan (ssp squamiceps)
Christian Dortu 31 March 2004 10 years ago 24 sec 3.8
Two bird foraging on the ground. Locality Mushrif Park, Dubai Emirate, United Arab Emirates
Yoel Jimenez 19 January 2012 2 years ago 18 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 13 photos
An individual feeding on maize.
Locality Sohar, Al Batinah Governorate, Oman (ssp muscatensis)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 2 years ago 4.3
Bird perched. Rear view.
Locality Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia (ssp yemensis)
Omar Alshaheen 13 November 2013 7 weeks ago 4.2
A bird perched
Locality Israel (ssp squamiceps)
CarlosNaza 28 January 2011 3 years ago 4.2
two Birds of Tehama variant with a different eye color!
Locality Abu Arish, Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 25 December 2012 1 year ago 4
Adult feeding on....chicken...
Locality Khor Al Jazeera, Ras al-Khaimah Emirate, United Arab Emirates (ssp muscatensis)
Christophe Gouraud 24 March 2012 2 years ago 4
even the tamest most birdwatched bird ever will look grumpy on 1st light, Arabian Babblers can be easily seen in all southern de
Locality Arava Valley, Israel (ssp squamiceps)
Shai Agmon 22 March 2010 4 years ago 4