Spiny Babbler Turdoides nipalensis Scientific name definitions

Carol Inskipp and Hem S. Baral
Version: 2.0 — Published May 7, 2022



The nesting season lasts from April to June. Only one brood is raised in a year (R. L. Fleming Jr in 8).

Nest Site

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The nest has been described as a deep cup of grass placed in a small bush or built into a sturdy grass clump (8). It has also been described as a very loose shallow grass cup in the fork of a tree (36).



Eggs measured as 2.5 cm by 1.62 cm in size (36).

Color and Surface Texture

Described as verditer blue in color (36).

Clutch Size

Usually 3–4 eggs (36).


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Young Birds

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Parental Care

Both parents feed the young. No other information is available.

Cooperative Breeding

No information.

Brood Parasitism by Other Species

No information.

Fledgling Stage

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Recommended Citation

Inskipp, C. and H. S. Baral (2022). Spiny Babbler (Turdoides nipalensis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.spibab1.02