Black-faced Babbler

Turdoides melanops (near-endemic)

The combination of pale yellow or white eyes and black lores separates this species from similar babblers in the region

We first recorded this localised, grey-brown babbler in July 2012 at Roy’s camp, Northern Namibia. We were travelling from Rundu to the Waterberg Plateau Park and stopped off at the camp for lunch.

Winter turned out to be a brilliant time to see these special species, as given the scarcity of food during this time, they stay close to the accomodation where food is aplenty. We spotted them within seconds of arrival and  were treated with great photographic opportunities.


Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2013 Black-faced Babbler – adult / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2013 Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2012 Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2013 Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2013 Black-faced Babbler / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia Black-faced Babbler – juvenile / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia / 23 July 2013 Black-faced Babbler / Kunene River Lodge, Northern Namibia
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