Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

New Guinea Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei) - HBW 12, p. 334

French: Pomatostome isidore German: Beutelsäbler Spanish: Gárrulo Papú
Other common names: Rufous Babbler(!); Isidore’s Rufous Babbler

Taxonomy: Pomatorhinus Isidorei Lesson, 1827, Dorei Harbour = Manokwari, north-western New Guinea.
Sometimes placed in a separate genus, Garritornis, on basis mainly of yellow (not black) bill, rufous plumage coloration and distinctive pendent nest, and recent analyses suggest some possible genetic differences; further study required. Precise distributions of races uncertain; details given below are tentative. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • isidorei (Lesson, 1827) - West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Misool) and lowland New Guinea except N.
  • calidus (Rothschild, 1931) - N New Guinea E to Astrolabe Bay.

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