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Papuan Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Rufous Babbler; Isidore's Rufous Babbler, New Guinea Babbler

Garritornis isidorei

Pomatostomus isidorei


25 cm

  • Mainly rufous plumage
  • Broad tail
  • Yellow bill

Sexes similar


Endemic to New Guinea.
Fairly common in its range.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • G. i. isidorei southern lowlands of New Guinea and adjacent islands west of New Guinea (Waigeo, Misool)
  • G. i. calidus northern New Guinea


Moist lowland forests, monsoon forest, mature secondary growth, gallery forest. Up to 500m.


Feeds on insects and small reptiles, but not much information available.
Forages in groups of 4 - 10 birds through the low undergrowth, sometimes on the ground or in lower canopy. Typically moving upards through tree. Sometimes in mixed-species flocks with Spangled Drongo and Rusty Pitohui.
Not much information on breeding, but seems to be a co-operative breeder. The nest is an untidy flask-shaped pendent structure, one to two metres long with a side entrance. It's made of long dried stems of creepers and vines, lined with strips of palms and with bamboo leaves. It hangs 3 - 9 m above the ground in a forest clearing. Often several nests are close to each other.
The movements of this species are poorly understood. They seem to roam around in group territories.


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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