Bare-cheeked Babbler (Turdoides gymnogenys)

After the recent interest in the few photos of birds that I posted, I decided to do a series on the birds I have encountered in my travels and that left an impression on me.

The first one is the Bare-cheeked Babbler.

According to my Roberts Bird Guide (2007) the Bare-cheeked Babbler is generally uncommon in Namibia. I spotted these birds at a campsite in Purros, Kaokoland. They are usually spotted in groups between 4 -6 and this was true for my spotting as well. What most fascinated me about these babblers were their calls. The Roberts Bird Guide describe it as a “sustained loud chattering by all members of the group” To me it sounded like the chattering of women around a chocolate cake.

I fell in love with this Babbler and wish to see a lot more of them!

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