Breeding Behavior of Babbler Turdoides striata as Observed in a House Courtyard in Bikaner, Rajasthan (India)
The Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) is found in the Indian subcontinent and is often seen in gardens within large cities as well as in forested areas. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of Seven Sisters. The sexes are identical, drably coloured in brownish grey with a yellow-bill. The upperparts are usually slightly darker in shade and there is some mottling on the throat and breast. The present observations were made in the courtyard of my house situated in the city of Bikaner (28°N latitude and 73°18'E longitudes), Rajasthan. The nest was cup shaped and constructed on a shrub of Jasminum sambac (Family: Oleaceae) planted in the courtyard. The clutch size was of four eggs. Hatching of three of the eggs took 15 days, while, one took 16 days to hatch out. READ..