Family Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Babbler (Garritornis isidorei)


French: Pomatostome d’Isidore German: Beutelsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo papú
Other common names: New Guinea Babbler

Pomatorhinus Isidorei


, 1827,

Dorei Harbour = Manokwari, north-western New Guinea


Races differ only slightly, their precise distributions are uncertain, and details given below tentative. Sometimes treated as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Matthew, J. (2019). Papuan Babbler (Garritornis isidorei). 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 25 May 2019).