Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis

Kulbushansingh Suryawanshi
Version: 2.0 — Published September 17, 2020

Conservation and Management

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Conservation Status

Yellow-billed Babbler is not globally threatened (Least Concern) as per IUCN Red List and included in the Schedule IV of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. They are locally common in south India and common throughout Sri Lanka except on highest hills. In India, at Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, density was measured at 55 birds/km², but the area studied was only 0.2 km² and the study was conducted in the 1970s (2).

Effects of Human Activity

Yellow-billed Babblers are common across areas of human habitations like villages and peri-urban areas. They are also common across agricultural areas and plantations. They are known to avoid heavily urbanised area.


They widely occur in several protected areas of the country, but there are no documented efforts for the management of this species.

Recommended Citation

Suryawanshi, K. (2020). Yellow-billed Babbler (Turdoides affinis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.yebbab1.02