A gregarious and noisy species endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka. Very similar to Jungle Babbler, with which it is often confused. On Yellow-billed Babbler, note the pale spot in front of the eyes and a pale crown that contrast with the dark throat and cheeks, giving it a pale capped and blank-faced appearance. Also note pale blue eyes and a pale base to the tail. Prefers drier habitats than the Jungle Babbler, though they can sometimes be seen in the same vicinity.