When we went to Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, we first time saw this small species of passerine bird. It was foraging on the forest floor beside water stream by turning over dried leaves to taking various insects. We saw it again at the very same place when we visited that place again. It was doing same thing like our previous visit. It has great camouflage. It merges too much with dry leaves. It is difficult to locate them. Even when I tried to click the image, its moved so fast and camouflage that we lose its location in few seconds.

Spotted Babbler

They are found in scrub and moist forest mainly in hilly regions. They forage in small groups on the forest floor, turning around leaf litter to find their prey and usually staying low in the undergrowth where they can be hard to spot. The throat is white, and is sometimes puffed out giving it the English name. Puff-throated babblers have strong legs, and spend a lot of time on the forest floor. They can often be seen creeping through undergrowth in search of their insect food, looking at first glance like a song thrush.

8th April 2016
Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Narmada district, Gujarat, India

Nikon D7100
AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E
f/8, 1/200, iso-400

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