The jungle babblers are called seven sisters as they are gregarious (social, group forming) in nature and always appear in groups of around 7 birds (6~10). They also display sentinel (guard) behaviour which usually involves one or two members from the babbler group keeping watch, up in the branches, while the rest of the group search for food in the safety of the bushes.  If there is any threat, the guard on the upper branch squeals out, which is passed down to the other members, and they all fly away.

jungle babbler turdoides striatus somervillei at lonar, maharashtra

Jungle babblers can be easily identified from a distance by the chit chat and playful squeaky noise they make. Watch out next time, they are almost everywhere in India.

Species: Turdoides striatus somervillei
English: Jungle Babbler; Hindi: Saat bhai; Malayalam: Poothankeeri, Kariyilappada
Location: Lonar, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Date: 21 Feb 2011

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