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Pomatostomidae

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Australo-Papuan babblers
 
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Pomatostomidae
Schodde, 1975
Genus: Pomatostomus
Cabanis, 1850
Species
Pomatostomus isidorei
Pomatostomus temporalis
Pomatostomus superciliosus
Pomatostomus halli
Pomatostomus ruficeps

The Pomatostomidae (Australo-Papuan or Australasian babblers, also known as pseudo-babblers) are small to medium-sized birds endemic to Australia-New Guinea. All five species are ground-feeding omnivores and highly social. Babblers live in family groups and small flocks of up to about 20 individuals and forage communally, calling loudly to one another all day long.

For many years, the Australo-Papuan babblers were classified, rather uncertainly, with the Old World babblers (Timaliidae), on the grounds of similar appearance and habits. More recent research, however, indicates that they belong to the Corvida ("crow-like passerines") rather than the Passerida ("sparrow-like passerines") and they are now classed as a separate family. Both groups, however, retain the common name of babbler.

Species of Pomatostomidae

  • New Guinea Babbler, Pomatostomus isidorei
    Gray-crowned Babbler, Pomatostomus temporalis
    White-browed Babbler, Pomatostomus superciliosus
    Hall's Babbler, Pomatostomus halli
    Chestnut-crowned Babbler, Pomatostomus ruficeps

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