The arrow-marked babbler is a medium sized babbler, 22?25 cm (8.7?9.8 in) in length and weighing 56?85 g (2.0?3.0 oz). The common name for the species is derived from its plumage, which is brownish-grey above and lighter below, with white tips to the feathers on the throat, neck and head. The iris is bright red and the inner ring of the eye bright yellow or orange. The males and females are identical in appearance. The arrow-marked babbler lives in social groups of between 3 to 15 birds (six being the average) that defend large territories, with the size of the territory being dependent upon the number of individuals in the group.

Habitat and Distribution

It is found in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.


They feed on insects, spiders and sometimes snails and lizards, as well as fruits. Foraging occurs near the ground, sometimes in association with other babblers or bulbuls.