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Arabian Babbler trying to open a seedpod

(Turdoides squamiceps)
Alternate name(s): "Brown Babbler"
Size: 26-29 cm; wing span 31-33.5 cm
Weight: 64-83 g

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The photo sequence below describes an Arabian Babbbler observed by us while trying to open a seedpod that it had found lying on the ground.

Arabian Babbler trying to open a seedpod - first peck it while holding it down with one foot...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

... maybe some digging will help?
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

... or standing on it to break it in two?
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

That worked - now how to open the halves?
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Way to go - jump on it!
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

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