Grey-crowned (Red-brea

Subject: Grey-crowned (Red-brea
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 12:29:07 +1000
Pomatostomus temporalis temporalis is basicaly extinct in the south-east of SA, 
and is very scarce in western Victoria. I'm not sure of the last known records 
in SA. A survey in the Wimmera district in western Victoria found a total of 
six groups of birds.


Anthony Overs
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Subject: Grey-crowned (Red-breasted) Babbler in SA.

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G'Day All

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;

"Condon wrote

Pomatostomus temporalis intermedius (Mathews) 1912 (444b).
Red-breasted Babbler of Cayley (1958)
Common; mainly along timbered watercourses.   A Northern Territory form
which enters northern South Australia south to about Hamilton Bore and
near Oodnadatta.   Ref . : Deignan, Emu, 50, 1950, p. 17-21; Condon
(1951); Mees (1961); Storr (1967, p. 42)."

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.


Ian May

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