Black-faced Babbler

Information about the Bird Black-faced Babbler

As defined here, it occurs in northwestern Botswana, northern Namibia, and Angola. Like other Turdoides, it is found low or on the ground in or near dense woody vegetation, including in cultivated areas.The black-faced babbler (Turdoides melanops) is a species of songbird in the Leiothrichidae family. It was once it was considered conspecific with the black-lored babbler, T. sharpei.

Black-faced babblers are 21 to 25cm (8 to 10inches) long. Birds are largely grayish brown with geographically and individually variable white mottling, especially below. The combination of pale yellow or white eyes and black lores (the areas between the eye and the bill) separates this species from similar babblers, though all juvenile babblers have brown eyes.
The calls are described as "A nasal 'wha-wha-wha' and a harsh, fast 'papapapa'."
They forage in leaf litter and are "much more furtive than the other babblers".

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