The Grey-crowned Babbler is a noisy and gregarious bird, usually found in small groups of four to twelve, and is often seen on the ground or in low trees. It is sometimes called the Yahoo, after one of its calls.
Where does it live?
The Grey-crowned Babbler is found in open forests and woodlands, favouring inland plains with an open shrub layer, little ground cover and plenty of fallen timber and leaf litter.
The Grey-crowned Babbler is threatened by clearance and the fragmentation of habitat including removal of dead timber. It is already extinct in some parts of NSW such as Orange and Bathurst. This bird is listed as vulnerable in other areas of Australia.What does it eat?Grey-crowned Babblers feed on insects and other invertebrates and sometimes eat seeds. They forage in groups on the ground amongst leaf litter, around fallen trees and from the bark of shrubs and trees.
The Grey-Crowned Babbler has a loud scolding and chattering call...”wee-oo”.
Also makes a distinctive “yah-hoo” duet between the breeding female (“yah”) and male (“hoo”).
There is currently a family of babblers that hop along and forage amongst the trees near the amenities.
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