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Hall's Babbler - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Pomatostomus halli
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 30 Nov 2021


A dark blackish brown babbler with a long and very broad brow line, conspicuous white bib and tail-tip. Superficially like the White-browed Babbler, it was only recognised as a separate species during the 1960s. Compared with the White-browed Babbler it has a wider white brow, with a black mask through a dark eye and the white bib has more sharply defined edge.


It occurs in central-eastern Australia, from Cobar north into south-western Queensland, particularly along or west of the Warrego River. These birds have been recorded from the White Cliffs area through to the Culgoa River, Nocoleche Nature Reserve, Sturt National Park and Mutawintji National Park. Recently recorded in Mulga groves near Ledknapper Creek (1993) and near Mt Gunderbooka (1994).

Habitat and ecology

  • Inhabits dry Acacia scrub, mainly Mulga, with a grassy understorey including spinifex, on ridges and plains with either sandy or stony soils. Occasionally occurs in open dry Eucalyptus (Bimblebox) woodland, and mulga- or eucalypt-lined watercourses.
  • Hall’s Babblers construct neat spherical dome nests, each with a side entrance, from twigs within the outer branches of acacias, in the upright forks of mulgas and Casuarina, or in a horizontal eucalypt branch 3-10 m above the ground. Probably sedentary, maintaining home ranges of up to several hectares which contain a clump of roosting nests, each securely attached to small branches just inside the foliage, 3-7 m above the ground. Appear to occur in very localised patches.
  • These noisy birds are frequently observed in flocks of up to 20 individuals.
  • These birds feed mostly on the ground in grassy areas, they also glean and probe on trunks and branches. Diet includes insects (especially beetle pupae and caterpillars), spiders and seeds.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthMoonie-Barwon Interfluve Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNarrandool Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Known None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Known None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Known None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted West of Brewarrina
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Known None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Known None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Known None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Known None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Known None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Known None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Known None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Predicted None