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Pseudo Babblers: Pomatostomidae

Physical Characteristics

Pseudo babblers are medium-sized birds, measuring 7 to 10.5 inches (18 to 27 centimeters) long, and weighing 1.6 to 3.2 ounces (45 to 90 grams). They have short wings, long fan-shaped tails, and thin, pointed bills that are ideal for probing and digging into the ground or bark. Their long, powerful legs and dark, strong feet allow them to hop for long periods along the forest floor and among low tree branches. Their bodies are mainly a solid rust color or a dull brown highlighted with white brows, throat, and tail tip. There is no difference in color between males and females or between young and mature birds. The only change that comes with adulthood is a longer bill. The rufous babbler and the gray-crowned babbler, however, change the color of their eyes on adulthood, from the normally brown eyes of this family of birds to pale cream.


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