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White-browed Babbler  -  Pomatostomus superciliosus
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White-browed Babbler is widespread in southern Australia.
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White-browed Babbler plumage is mostly well camouflaged but the white eye-brow and white breast attract attention
map map The White-browed Babbler - Pomatostomus superciliosus - has a black, down-curved bill and dark eye in a brown eye-stripe Crown is dark brown with prominent long white eyebrow from bill to nape. Throat and breast are white, merging to buffy brown flanks and belly. Tail has white tip, except for central all-dark pair of feathers. Upper back, wings are greyish-brown ; rump is dark brown. Legs are dark grey. Grows to 19 to 22 centimetres in length. Juveniles are duller with brow and throat washed buff.

There is some local variation and subspecies may be justified on closer examination.

Lives in drier, more open forest with shrubby under story or mallee and mulga scrub. Moves in noisy, gregarious groups foraging on the ground and in trees and scrub; spread out or clustered.

Sedentary and common.

Found in southern half of Western Australia, South Australia (except north-eastern part), south-west Northern Territory, New South Wales west of the ranges and north-east Victoria.
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