Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis

Kulbushansingh Suryawanshi
Version: 2.0 — Published September 17, 2020

Demography and Populations

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Demography and Populations

There are no dedicated studies on the demography and population of Yellow-billed Babbers. The State of India's Birds report 2020 did not find any evidence for changes in its population over the short (5 years) or longer term (>20 years; 5). With its large distribution area and stable population, the report categorized the Yellow-billed Babbler as a species of 'Low' concern.

Measures of Breeding Activity

In one study, 142 out of 150 eggs in 82 nests hatched; 42% of total eggs resulted in fledged young (26). Little else is known.

Life Span and Survivorship

No information.

Disease and Body Parasites

No information.

Causes of Mortality

No information.

Population Spatial Metrics

The State of India's Birds Report estimates that the Yellow-billed Babbler occupies 479,304 km2 in India alone. Information for Sri Lanka is lacking.

Population Status


There are no estimates of the global population size.


The State of India's Birds reports a stable trend in the populations of the Yellow-billed Babbler in India (5). No estimates are available for Sri Lanka.

Population Regulation

No information.

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