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Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-26
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-09-26 7:29
Viewed: 1782
Points: 34
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I took this photo today,26th September in Islamabad. Background was very good to highlight this babbler. It was the only shot of this bird because it flew away realizing my presence. Normally i shoot several shots of birds and try to post the most reasonable of all. Details about this bird are as under:

The Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) is a member of the Leiothrichidae family found in the Indian Subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of Seven Sisters or Saath bhai in Hindi with cognates in other regional languages which means "seven brothers".

The Jungle Babbler is a common resident breeding bird in most parts of the Indian Subcontinent and is often seen in gardens within large cities as well as in forested areas. In the past, the Orange-billed Babbler, Turdoides rufescens, of Sri Lanka was considered to be a race of this babbler, but is elevated to a species.


The Jungle Babbler's habitat is forest and cultivation. This species, like most babblers, is non-migratory, and has short rounded wings and a weak flight. The sexes are identical, drably coloured in brownish grey with a yellow-bill making them confusable only with the endemic Yellow-billed Babblers of peninsular India and Sri Lanka. The upperparts are usually slightly darker in shade and there is some mottling on the throat and breast. The race T. s. somervillei of Maharastra has a very rufous tail and dark primary flight feathers.The Jungle Babbler can be separated from the White-headed Babbler by the dark loreal zone between the bill and the eye as well as the lack of a contrasting light crown. The calls of the two species are however distinct and unmistakable. The Jungle Babbler has harsh nasal calls while the White-headed Babbler has high pitched calls. Another babbler that is similarly found in urban areas is the Large Grey Babbler, however that species has a distinctive long tail with white outer tail feathers.

The Jungle Babbler lives in flocks of seven to ten or more. It is a noisy bird, and the presence of a flock may generally be known at some distance by the harsh mewing calls, continual chattering, squeaking and chirping produced by its members.


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very good photo of this interesting bird. Nice composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

good one but very tight cropping.
leave some more space in front of the bird.

Hello Asif.
A very well captured image of this Jungle Babbler.
good clarity and colour.
best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-09-26 8:23]

Hello Akbar,
Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this Jungle Babbler. Beautiful natural colours and a nice attractive pose. Indeed a beautiful background.

merhaba Akbar Ali
Upto now, I have seen 4-5 Turdoides species, but this is not yet. You are lucky to see it and captured with a nice shot. Focus, POV and eye contact great. Thanks for sharing this beauty.Well done.

Hello Akbar,
Excellent capture with great details,nice Bg and beautiful colours.

Hello Akbar
Great shot!Superb close composition,fantastic colours and details.Congrats!
Thank You for sharing this beauty.
Have a good day!
Best wishes

Hello Akbar
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Hello Akbar,
Beautiful picture of this Jungle Babbler.Nice details and Pose.Like its colour and sharpness too.Well done.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao Akbar. Very good details and sharp with excellent DOF. An interesting specie from Pakistan.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-26 11:56]

Hello Akbar,
Very nice bird.The details, colors and focus are excellent. Lovely plumage and colors.Regards Siggi

Ciao Akbar, great capture of lovelybird in nice pose, perfect focuis on beautiful eye, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Akbar,
Nice picture, good sharpness, lovely background...
But: I'm not sure that this bird is very happy :)

I like these babblers and you show us a great portrait.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-09-27 0:55]

Hello Akbar,
beautiful bird,nice capture species,regards..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-27 12:44]

Hi Akbar,the quality of this pic is really great,there is a special 3D effect made by the f 6,5 really beautiful.The best way to show us this nice bird,great details and colors too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
取景角度很棒 使鳥很自然大方
構圖美麗 背景好看

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