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Jungle Babbler: Turdoides striata

Jungle Babbler: Turdoides striata
Saatbhai, Pangiya Maina, Gayanga (Hindi); Aranya Hholika (Sanskrit)
 
Jungle Babbler: Turdoides striata. Local Names: Saatbhai, Pangiya Maina, Gayanga (Hindi); Aranya Hholika (Sanskrit).
 
Status: Least Concern
 
To those walking lonely trails
These babblers are no strangers
Flocks of seven fidgety tails 
Our companions and stalkers
Who amuse with their idle chatter
But warn other birds with loud tales.
 
Also called  Seven Brothers (Satbhai) or Seven Sisters in different parts of India, because they operate in feathered flocks of seven to ten usually.
 
Endemic to India. Limited and weak flight. Do not migrate. Found in forests and fields. These days, they are also found in concrete cities which have embedded slivers of greenery. Rather bold chaps they.
 
Males and females look alike. Brown coloured feathers with yellow bills.
 
These are three of them allopreening, which is a behavioral trait, at dusk.
 
Photographed at Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India on 2nd March, 2014
 
Camera used: Nikon D5100 DSLR with AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm VR Lens
 
 

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