Family Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

Least Concern

Hall's Babbler (Pomatostomus halli)


French: Pomatostome de Hall German: Rußbauchsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo de Hall

Pomatostomus halli


, 1964,

Tyrone Station, south-western Queensland, Australia




Inland E Australia from SW Queensland (S of Finucane Range, E to Forsyth Range) S to NW New South Wales.

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm; 30–47 g. Medium-sized, dark pomatostomid with broad white supercilium and distinct white bib. Has top of head from centre of forehead to nape and... read more


Noisy sharp chirping and buzzing calls, as well as strident staccato, whistling and scolding notes. read more


Open tall mulga (Acacia) woodlands and shrublands, often in stony gulleys or on stony... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Eats insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and butterfly larvae (Lepidoptera). Forages on ground, also in shrubs and from... read more


Recorded in most months. Breeds co-operatively, in groups comprising breeding pair and one or two helpers. Groups known to build multiple... read more


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

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Clearance and grazing of habitat are probably the main threatening processes.

Recommended citation

Matthew, J. (2019). Hall's Babbler (Pomatostomus halli). 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 May 2019).