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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Arrow-marked Babbler

Afrikaans name: Pylvlekkatlagter

Arrow-marked Babbler

Above - Arrow-marked Babbler

Photo © Steven Herbert

Turdoides jardineii

Arrow-marked Babblers are noisy creatures that go around in small flocks of up to 10 birds. They are mainly found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa.

They prefer thickets interspersed with tall grass. They spend most of their time low down in bushes or on the ground in search of food.

Favourite foods include grasshoppers, caterpillars, termites and ants, but they will pretty much eat any insect or spider that is not too big to swallow.

Nesting time is a team effort with the breeding pair being assisted by a number of helpers. The nest is made in a dense thicket close to the ground. Normally 3 greenish-blue eggs are laid and the female is assisted by the helpers in incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 217

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 73

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 73

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 164

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 73

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 183

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 54

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 64

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 156

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 218

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 310

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 310

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 222

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 364

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 378

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 492

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 486

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 296

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 310

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 147

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 162

List of South African Birds

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