Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) - HBW 12, p. 335

French: Pomatostome bridé German: Brauensäbler Spanish: Gárrulo Cejudo
Other common names: White-browed Chatterer

Taxonomy: [Pomatorhinus] Superciliosus Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
Geographical variation slight and perhaps to some extent clinal, and races intergrade; validity of races questioned, some authors considering differences due largely to degree of plumage wear; further study required. Birds from Gascoyne valley (W Western Australia) sometimes separated as gwendolenae, but appears indistinguishable from nominate and ashbyi. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • superciliosus (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) - CW Western Australia E to South Australia and W Victoria.
  • ashbyi Mathews, 1911 - SW Western Australia.
  • centralis Schodde & Mason, 1999 - C Australia (S Northern Territory, N South Australia).
  • gilgandra (Mathews, 1912) - inland SE Australia (S Queensland S to C Victoria and EC New South Wales).