- Argya squamiceps
26-29 cm (10¼-11½ in)
- Grey-brown upperparts, with dark streaks on the back
- Paler below
- Whitish throat
- Long curved bill
- Long tail
- Rounded wings
- Strong legs and feet
This species is sometimes placed in genus Turdoides.
There are 3 subspecies:
- A. s. squamiceps:
- A. s. yemensis:
- A. s. muscatensis:
- Arabian coast of Gulf of Oman
Acacia Desert, scrubland and savanna.
Their diet consists of insects, small vertebrates, leaves, berries and seeds.
They construct a large cup shaped nest from grass, twigs and other plant material. The clutch contains three to five turquoise eggs which are incubated for 13 to 14 days; the young birds fledge after about 14 days.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Arabian Babbler. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Arabian_Babbler
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