|Subject:||Grey-crowned (Red-breasted) Babbler in SA.|
|From:||Ian May <>|
|Date:||Tue, 01 May 2001 10:43:33 +0930|
The recent posting from Tony Russell raised an interesting subject about the status of the Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis in SA.
In "A Handlist of the Birds of South Australia" by H.T Condon, published by the South Australian Ornithological Association in 1968;
Pomatostomus temporalis intermedius (Mathews) 1912 (444b).
Based on many sightings made while living and working in the area for more than 20 years, I observed nothing that should alter Condon's 1968 "common" assessment of this species. Within their preferred habitat, this "Red-breasted" form of the Grey-crowned Babbler now known as Pomatostomus temporalis rubeculus is still abundant in northern and north-western South Australia. They are distributed along many of the Coolibah watercourses and also extend into the more prominent Red Mulga (Mineritchie) creeks too north and north-west of Oodnadatta.
The status in SA of the northern form of the Grey-crowned Babbler at present should be regarded as a common resident in suitable habitat.
Condon regarded the other sub-species Pomatostomus temporalis temporalis as uncommon and declining in the south-east of SA. and I am unsure about the current status of this form now.
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