Rockwarbler Click to enlarge image
rockwarbler Image: David Cook flickr
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    solitaria
    Genus
    Origma
    Family
    Acanthizidae
    Order
    Passeriformes
    Class
    Aves
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    Up to 14 cm.

Small, dark brown-grey bird, white throat, black tail.

Identification

A small, plump, dark brown-grey bird with a cinnamon-tinged face and forehead, a dull white throat speckled black, reddish-brown underparts, and a black tail, which is often flicked sideways. The wings are dark grey-brown. Young birds are similar to adults, but duller.

Habitat

Sclerophyll forests and tall woodlands on rocky outcrops on sandstone formations in and around the Sydney Basin.

Distribution

Restricted to the sandstone formations around the Sydney region of New South Wales.



Feeding and diet

Its diet consists of insects and sometimes seeds. It forages on the ground and in low branches, probing for insects in rock crevices, in caves and under ledges.

Communication

Its call is a shrill, slight mournful 'goodbye' song and a penetrating 'pink' call, along with other rasping notes.

Breeding behaviours

Nests in sandstone (occasionally limestone or granite) caves, usually in near or complete darkness; the nest is re-used each year. The nest is a suspended dome-shaped structure made from roots, moss, grass and bark bound together with spider webs, and has a round side entrance that is sometimes hooded. The inner nest chamber is lined with soft materials, including feathers, fur, grasses and plant down.