#CreatureFeature – Pomatostomus superciliosus (White Browed Babbler)

White-browed Babblers are a small dark brown bird with a white throat, white tipped tail and a long curved bill. As their name suggests they also have a distinct white brow and dark eye stripe. Babblers are very active and social birds constantly chattering away to each other. 

The White-browed Babbler is endemic to mainland Australia with scattered populations found in outback Northern Territory and Western Australia, particularly in the south-western corner of Western Australia. White-browed Babbler occupy habitat including dry sclerophyll woodlands with shrubby understorey’s, mulga, acacias, mallee, cyprus pine scrubs, timber, scrub along watercourses and saltbush.

The White-browed Babbler have a varied and conmplex deit feeding on invertebrates, small amphibians, crustaceans and reptiles they will also eat fruits and seeds. When they feed they can mostly be seen hopping around on the ground, among leaf litter or under logs and branches in their family groups.

White-browed Babblers build dome shaped nests from sticks which they share with their family group. Interestingly, they build two nests one is used for breeding and the other is the communal roost where they all sleep together. Breeding pairs are monogamous, but they form co-operative breeding groups comprising two to four breeding pairs and two to eight non-breeding helpers. Only the breeding female incubates the eggs, though other birds in the group feed her and the young birds. Co-operatively breeding groups occupy a home-range, but there are complex interactions within and between groups.

Reference: https://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/white-browed-babbler

Jarna Kendle – Biodiversity Program Coordinator

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