French: Pomatostome bridé German: Brauensäbler Spanish: Gárrulo cejudo
Vigors and Horsfield
Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. superciliosus
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – CW Western Australia E to South Australia and W Victoria.
P. s. ashbyi
Mathews, 1911 – SW Western Australia.
P. s. centralis
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – C Australia (S Northern Territory, N South Australia).
P. s. gilgandra
(Mathews, 1912) – inland SE Australia (S Queensland S to C Victoria and EC New South Wales).
17–22 cm; 30–50 g. Small, dull brown pomatostomid with comparatively narrow white supercilium, mainly white underbody. Nominate race has top of head dark brown,... read more
Various chattering, bubbling and whistling notes, and loud cat-like calls sometimes given.
Open native forests, woodlands and shrublands, typically with dense understorey dominated by ... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, including cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), wasps (Hymenoptera),... read more
Recorded in all months, but mainly Jul–Nov. Breeds co-operatively in groups, with up to six helpers, but nature of bonds not fully... read more
Mainly sedentary, but some evidence for local movements or nomadism in parts of range. Almost all... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to scarce. Population densities estimated at 0·1–1·6 birds/ha; at least 11 breeding groups within 55 ha on Peron Peninsula, in... read more
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