Family Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps)


French: Pomatostome à calotte marron German: Rotscheitelsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo coronirrufo

Pomatorhinus ruficeps


, 1852,

Adelaide, South Australia; error = Broken Hill district, New South Wales, Australia




Inland SE Australia from SW Queensland and NE South Australia S to W New South Wales and extreme NW Victoria.

Descriptive notes

19–23 cm; 50–60 g. Medium-sized pomatostomid with chestnut cap, narrow white supercilium, large white bib and diagnostic white wingbars. Has forehead to hindneck... read more


Noisy sharp chattering and plaintive whistling notes, described as sharper or harsher than those of... read more


Open arid and semi-arid woodlands and shrublands, often along watercourses and on sand plains.... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), butterfly larvae (Lepidoptera), termites (of family Termitidae) and ants (Formicidae... read more


Recorded Jun–Dec, mainly Sept. Breeds co-operatively in groups, but nature of bonds not understood, and little known about social... read more


Poorly understood; probably sedentary and territorial. All ringing recoveries are from within 10 km... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to fairly common; scarce in some parts of range.

Recommended citation

Matthew, J. (2019). Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps). 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 on 23 March 2019).