Often I know little about the birds I see and photograph. But every time I come home and look at my pictures, I learn something about them.

This photo taught me that babblers are Passerines, of the order Passeriformes. Passeriformes are also known as songbirds or perching birds.

Passeriformes contain about half the total number of living birds. That’s almost 6,000 species.

On one of my visits to Kumbhargaon I was walking through the woods in the evening when I saw a Yellow-eyed Babbler bouncing from one twig to another and finally perched and looked straight at me, like a cartoon character who was very happy to see me.

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