Babblers (Timaliidae)

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) - HBW 12, p. 220

French: Cratérope de brousse German: Dschungeldrossling Spanish: Turdoide Matorralero
Other common names: Striated Babbler; Deccan Babbler (somervillei)

Taxonomy: Cossyphus striatus Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823, Bengal, India.
May form a superspecies with T. rufescens, and has been treated as conspecific. Race somervillei sometimes thought to represent a separate species, but intergrades with malabarica. Proposed race orissae (from E India) treated as synonymous with nominate. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sindiana ( Ticehurst, 1920) - Pakistan (R Indus plains) and NW India (from Himalayan foothills, Punjab and Haryana S to Rann of Kutch).
  • striata ( Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823) - Himalayan foothills from SE Himachal Pradesh E to S Nepal, S Bhutan and W Assam, and S in India to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, S West Bengal and NE Andhra Pradesh, and Bangladesh.
  • somervillei ( Sykes, 1832) - W peninsular India (S to Goa).

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  • sindiana ( Ticehurst, 1920) - Pakistan (R Indus plains) and NW India (from Himalayan foothills, Punjab and Haryana S to Rann of Kutch).
  • striata ( Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1823) - Himalayan foothills from SE Himachal Pradesh E to S Nepal, S Bhutan and W Assam, and S in India to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, S West Bengal and NE Andhra Pradesh, and Bangladesh.
  • somervillei ( Sykes, 1832) - W peninsular India (S to Goa).
  • malabarica ( Jerdon, 1845) - SW India.
  • orientalis ( Jerdon, 1845) - peninsular India except W & NE.