These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in southeast Asia.
The Tawny-bellied Babbler is a resident breeding bird in India, Sri Lanka and southwest Nepal. Its habitat is scrub and tall grassland. It builds its nest in a bush, concealed in dense masses of foliage.
The normal clutch is three or four eggs. This species, like most babblers, is not migratory, and has short rounded wings and a weak flight.
The Tawny-bellied Babbler is a small babbler at 13cm including its long tail. It is dark brown above and orange-buff below, with a rufous grey crown. Three of the four races have white throats, but D. h. hyperythra of east India has the throat concolorous with its underparts.
Tawny-bellied Babblers feed mainly on insects and nectar.