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Hall's Babbler

(Pomatostomus halli)
Size: 23-25 cm
Weight: 30-45 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hall's Babbler at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Hall's Babbler; note how the white on its breast is restricted to a "bib" (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, October 2012]

Partially obscured lateral view of two Hall's Babblers in semi-arid scrub (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, October 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a Hall's Babbler; note the characteristic wide eyebrow that distinguishes this species from the White-browed Babbler (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, October 2012]

Clan of Hall's Babblers foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Clan of Hall's Babblers foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, August 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: June - Oct Eggs: 2 Incubation period: 17 - 19 days Fledging age: 17 - 21 days

Hall's Babblers can be, but are not always, communal breeders. More than one female may incubate the eggs and there can be more than one brood in a season.

Nest building: Female Incubation: Female(s) Dependent care: Family clan

The clan will preen and feed the incubating female during breaks from the incubation duties.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Dome Material: Sticks; grass, feather, fur lining Height above ground: 3 - 8 m

Hall's Babblers' nest
[Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cunnamulla, QLD, June 2019]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 23 x 17 mm Colour: Dark rusty-brownish, heavily lined/streaked Shape: Tapered oval

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