French: Pomatostome d’Isidore German: Beutelsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo papú
Other common names:
New Guinea Babbler
Dorei Harbour = Manokwari, north-western New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
G. i. isidorei
(Lesson, 1827) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Misool) and lowland New Guinea except N.
G. i. calidus
(Rothschild, 1931) – N New Guinea (Geelvink Bay E to Astrolabe Bay).
25 cm; 30–47 g. Medium-sized pomatostomid with mainly rufous plumage, broad tail and yellowish bill. Has top of head, upperparts and upperwing olive-brown to rufous-... read more
Low, hoarse, descending slurred “work” or “whaak” in contact; also repeated “phew” whistle as... read more
Monsoon forest, rainforest, more mature secondary growth and lowland gallery forest; forages also... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Probably mainly insects, including crickets (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and termites (of family Termitidae); some... read more
Recorded in wet season and middle of dry season. Little information on breeding system, but co-operative breeding recorded; probably one... read more
Poorly understood. Apparently roams across group territories.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common. Apparently absent from some areas where habitat suitable, but this possibly due to oversight. Population density estimated at 1·6... read more
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