Thursday, 30 June 2011

Yellow-eyed Babbler

yellow-eyed babler

The Yellow-eyed Babbler (Chrysomma sinense) is actually not a babbler and is closer to the warbler family.yellow-eyed babler

The upper plumage is a rufous brown, changing to a more cinnamon colour on the wings. There is a white patch in front of, above and below the eyes. The whole of the lower plumage is whitish in colour.

yellow-eyed babler

As the name suggests, the iris is yellow and the eyelids are a deep orange. The bill is black and the feet are yellow. The tail is long and graduated.

yellow-eyed babler

It is a small bird, usually seen in pairs or in groups. It usually avoids forests and prefers open country having tall grass and bushy patches.

yellow-eyed babler

Like a babbler, it often stays within thick cover and is not inclined to visit the ground. Like the babblers a group of this species move from stem to stem, feeding on insects, caterpillars and eggs from leaves.

yellow-eyed babler

Single birds can be seen sitting on the top of trees for a short while, sunning itself and singing, before it plunges back into the cover, only to be replaced by another member of the flock:

These birds are known to feign injury.

yellow-eyed babler

The breeding season is from June to September and the nests are built in hedges or trees or suspended in thick grass stems like that of the Warblers. It is made of grass and bark. The normal clutch is around 5 eggs.

yellow-eyed babler

  Sighting Information:
Location: Bannerghatta
Date: 19th Jun 2011
Time: Morning; 8:40 AM
Weather: Overcast morning .
Other Details: A single bird flew out of the scrub alighting onto the wire where it sat sunning itself and singing before flying away into the bushes.