brown body with arrow-like marks; decurved bill (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Arrow-marked Babbler
Turdoides jardineii

Native Range: Africa

Notes: babblers are noisy jay-sized birds that travel in small groups of about 4-12 individuals that maintain contact by continuous raucous babbling; this particular species from southeastern Africa gets its name from whitish arrow-like white marks on its breast and belly.

colorful eye; this specimen has a deformed bill (South Africa; 2007-06-30)