Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) - HBW 12, p. 335

French: Pomatostome à calotte grise German: Grauscheitelsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo Coronigrís
Other common names: Grey-crowned Chatterer; Red-breasted/Rufous-breasted Babbler (rubeculus)

Taxonomy: [Pomatorhinus] Temporalis Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Races sometimes considered to represent two separate species, and possibly genetically divergent, but apparently intergrade in W Queensland; further study required. Geographical variation largely clinal, size becoming larger and plumage greyer from W to N & E, and a dozen races sometimes recognized; described races considered untenable are strepitans (lowland S New Guinea from Princess Marianne Strait E to R Oriomo) and, in Australia, nigrescens (Western Australia from Pilbara area S to upper R Murchison and Wiluna), intermedius (from Kimberley, in Western Australia, .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: [Pomatorhinus] Temporalis Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia.
Races sometimes considered to represent two separate species, and possibly genetically divergent, but apparently intergrade in W Queensland; further study required. Geographical variation largely clinal, size becoming larger and plumage greyer from W to N & E, and a dozen races sometimes recognized; described races considered untenable are strepitans (lowland S New Guinea from Princess Marianne Strait E to R Oriomo) and, in Australia, nigrescens (Western Australia from Pilbara area S to upper R Murchison and Wiluna), intermedius (from Kimberley, in Western Australia, E to arid interior Queensland and N South Australia), bamba (Melville I, off NW Northern Territory), brownei (Cape Arnhem Peninsula, in N Northern Territory), mountfordae (Groote Eylandt), cornwalli (coastal NE Queensland S to Cairns), trivirgatus (coasts of S Queensland and New South Wales), tregellasi (SE South Australia E to SE New South Wales). Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • temporalis (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) - S New Guinea (Trans-Fly region) and E Australia.
  • rubeculus (Gould, 1840) - NW, N & C Australia.

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