Order Passeriformes

Family Pomatostomidae

Australasian Babblers
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  • Medium-sized, terrestrial passerines with rather elongated body, short, broad and rounded wings, long graduated tail with rounded tip, longish decurved bill, strong legs and feet; plumage rather sombre, typically brown, russet and grey, most species with distinct pale supercilium, one species mostly rufous.
  • Australia and New Guinea.
  • Woodland, shrubland and riparian habitats, one species in forest and secondary growth.
  • 17-27 cm.
  • 2 genera, 5 species, 10 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Matthew, J. (2019). Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52330 on 7 December 2019).