September 14, 2016 – Grey-crowned Babbler, Grey-crowned Chatterer, Red-breasted Babbler, or Rufous-breasted Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

These large babblers are found in Papua New Guinea and much of Australia, excluding some of the southern part of the country. Their diet consists of insects and other invertebrates, as well as some seeds. Spending much of their time in groups of between two and fifteen birds, they forage in dead leaves, near fallen trees, and on trees and shrubs. They are cooperative breeders, nesting in groups with one or two breeding pairs and several non-breeding birds. Breeding females and other group members construct large domed nests, usually building a larger nest for the group and a smaller one for the breeding female. Group members bring food to the breeding females and help feed the chicks. Despite still being a common Australian bird, their numbers are declining due to habitat degradation and fragmentation.


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