Alice Springs Fauna •

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

Among the four babbler species in Australia, visitors to Alice Springs are most likely to see the Grey-crowned Babbler (a medium size bird) and the White-browed Babbler (the smallest of the Australian babblers).

The babblers are communal birds, living in family groups. The offspring are often seen remaining with the family group, helping to build the nests and feeding the new young. The dome shaped nests are usually built in dense foliage, at least two to three metres up in a tree. They will build two nests, a brood nest and a roosting nest. They seen usually forage on the ground.


Grey-crowned Babbler

The Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) is the largest of the four babbler species. With their long curved beak, dark brown-grey above, a distinctive grey crown, dark grey mask and whitish eyes, they are a conspicuous songbird. In the adult bird their eyes are pale yellow. The underparts of this species are variable from reddish to dark brown, chin and throat are white, and with a pale grey lower breast. It has short rounded wings, cinnamon brown colour wing patches and a long tail that is tipped white.

Grey-crowned Babbler, Olive Pink Botanic Garden
Grey-crowned Babblers, Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs NT
  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pomatostomidae
  • Genus: Pomatostomus
  • Species: P. temporalis
  • Binomial name: Pomatostomus temporalis

White-browed Babbler

Among the four babbler species, the White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) is the smallest of the Australian babblers.

White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus), Alice Springs Telegraph Station, NT

The White-browed Babblers are a dark brown-grey bird, with a distinct white brow and dark eye stripe. They have a white throat, a white tipped tail and relative to their body size, a long, pointed curved bill. Their tail is often held raised or fanned and is long and graduated, with a rounded tip.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pomatostomidae
  • Genus: Pomatostomus
  • Species: P. superciliosus
  • Binomial name: Pomatostomus superciliosus

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

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