White-browed Scrubwren Click to enlarge image
White-browed Scrubwren Image: Patrick Kavanagh
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    frontalis
    Genus
    Sericornis
    Family
    Acanthizidae
    Order
    Passeriformes
    Class
    Aves
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    Up to 13 cm

Small, olive-brown above, red brown below, grey throat, white lines above and below eyes.

Identification

A small bird, dark olive-brown above, with a grey throat and dull red-brown flanks, belly and rump. It has white lines above and below the eye. Both sexes are similar, but females are slightly duller, particularly on the face. Subtropical and tropical populations are more yellow underneath, males having an almost black facial mask. Southern coastal populations have dark streaking on the throat. Young birds are similar to the adults, but are generally duller.

Habitat

Rainforest, open forest, woodland and heaths.

Distribution

Eastern Australia.



Feeding and diet

One Australia's most active birds, constantly foraging amongst the leaf-litter of the forest floor for food. It feeds mostly on insects and other small arthropods. Occasionally, they eat some seeds. Birds feed in pairs among the thick vegetation of the forest floor.

Communication

The call is an almost persistent harsh chattering of scalding notes, especially when disturbed. It is also an accomplished mimic.

Breeding behaviours

The nest consists of a large ball of grasses and other plant material, with a side entrance tunnel leading to a cup lined with feathers. This is normally located on or near the ground in thick vegetation, but may be in a tree fork a few metres high.