Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Gibberbird
Ashbyia lovensis
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Gibberbirds are also known as Desert Chats. They don't only occur on the gibber plains of the arid inland, but inhabit a wide variety of stony country in far north-eastern S.A. and adjacent areas of Queensland and NSW. Gibberbirds like standing on rocks - they use them as lookouts. They need just the right mix of rocks and annuals, where they feed. In good seasons when the annuals grow thick enough to obscure the rocks, you won't find Gibberbirds, except maybe in some barer patches.

When nesting, Gibberbirds live in small territories as pairs, sometimes within sight of one another - there are records of several territories being grouped together, but mostly you'll only find a single pair. They advertise their presence with a distinctive vertical display flight, rather like a Brown Songlark or a bushlark. Gibberbirds are simply long-legged Chats, adapted to living on the ground. They very rarely perch in bushes, mainly because they prefer the wide open spaces where there aren't any. They could be confused with a female Orange Chat but the chats have red eyes - adult Gibberbirds have pale eyes.


Photo: 452001

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Photo: 452201

452201 ... Gibberbird, immature. Note the pale coloured eyes. Female Orange Chats have red eyes.

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