Spiny Babbler Turdoides nipalensis Scientific name definitions

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


Field Identification

22–26 cm; 58–64 g. ­Medium-sized, longish-tailed Turdoides babbler with dark brown upperparts, narrowly streaked pale underparts and variably whitish face with a longish decurved dark bill.

Similar Species

The whitish face, slightly decurved blackish bill, and unique black shaft streaks that are noticeable on the pale underparts separate Spiny Babbler from the similar Jungle Babbler (Argya striata), Common Babbler (Argya caudata), and Striated Babbler (Argya earlei).

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