Babblers (Timaliidae)

Common Babbler (Turdoides caudata) - HBW 12, p. 214

French: Cratérope indien German: Langschwanzdrossling Spanish: Turdoide Indio
Other common names: Afghan Babbler (salvadorii and huttoni)

Taxonomy: Cossyphus caudatus Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823, India.
Races form two groups, salvadorii and huttoni (larger and greyer) in W and eclipes and nominate (smaller and darker) in E; groups have been treated as two separate species, but variation predominantly clinal. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • salvadorii ( De Filippi, 1865) - E & SE Iraq and NW & SW Iran.
  • huttoni ( Blyth, 1847) - SE Iran, SW Afghanistan and SW Pakistan.
  • eclipes ( Hume, 1877) - N & C Pakistan E to SW Jammu & Kashmir and adjacent NW India (NW Punjab).
  • caudata ( Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823) - C, E & SE Pakistan, India (except Himalayas and NE) including Rameswaram I (off SE Tamil Nadu) and Laccadive Is, also SW Nepal and W Bangladesh.