Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australasian Babbler (Pomatostomidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps)
This Photo:     Now that's just rude

Thank you Petra Hanke for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very similar to the more common white-browed babbler. Easy to miss-identify.
However the white lines on the back guarantee Chestnut-crowned vs white-browed.
Both have white tips on their tails making them look like fan-tails when they fly.
Generally run, skip and hop along the ground. A sentry sits up in a nearby bush to warn those on the ground of danger.

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This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)