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Hartlaub's Babbler | Turdoides hartlaubii

The Hartlaub's Babbler is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sylviidae bird family group which includes birds such as Leaf-Warblers, Babblers, Warblers.

The description for the Hartlaub's Babbler (Latin name Turdoides hartlaubii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Turdoides hartlaubii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 562 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 810. You will find a picture of the Hartlaub's Babbler on page 768.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Hartlaub's Babbler between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Hartlaub's Babbler has a height of 26 cms and weighs around 85 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Turdoides hartlaubii has a brown coloured throat, brown legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are crimson.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown

Eyes are crimson

Bill is black

Legs are brown

Throat is brown

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Hartlaub's Babbler is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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