Turdoides jardineii    Arrow-marked Babbler  Pylvlekkatlagter
Arrow-marked Babbler
Modimolle, Jun 2018

A breeding resident. Common and widespread, both across the Waterberg and in the surrounding thorn savanna (recorded in 93% of the Waterberg pentads); in any woodland but favours areas with thickets; a group-living species, families of 5-12 birds maintain year-round territories. Breeds in summer; is frequently parasitised by Levaillant's Cuckoo.
Arrow-marked Babbler Waterberg distribution
Arrow-marked Babbler
Modimolle, Aug 2017
Arrow-marked Babbler juvenile
Modimolle, Aug 2017


Arrow-marked Babblers preening
Modimolle, Sep 2012
Arrow-marked Babbler nest
Modimolle, Aug 2018
Arrow-marked Babbler feeding cuckoo chick
Modimolle, Mar 2015

Here feeding a fledged LeVaillant's Cuckoo chick, a species which frequently parasitises them, laying a plain blue egg that closely matches that of the babbler

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