Bare Cheeked Babbler

Scientific Name:
Turdoides gymnogenys
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Bare Cheeked Babbler

The Bare-cheeked Babbler (Turdoides gymnogenys) is a bird species endemic to northeastern Africa, specifically found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and also in Namibia.


Bare-cheeked Babblers inhabit dry thorn-scrub, bushland, and semi-arid acacia savannas, often found in areas with dense undergrowth. They are typically observed in arid and semi-arid regions with scattered trees and bushes. These babblers are adapted to harsh, dry conditions and can often be found foraging for insects and seeds on the ground or in low vegetation.


Bare-cheeked Babblers are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 22 to 25 centimeters (8.7 to 9.8 inches) in length. They have a relatively stout build with a long tail and a distinctive bare patch of skin around their eyes and cheeks, which gives them their name. Their plumage is predominantly brown with lighter streaks on the underparts and a slightly paler throat. Best Viewing The best places to view Bare-cheeked Babblers are in their native habitats within their range. Look for them in dry thorn-scrub, bushland, and acacia savannas, where they are most commonly found. These babblers are often observed in small groups or family units, moving through the dense undergrowth in search of food.