Photograph by Alex Dudley
The endemic Tasmanian Scrubwren, sometimes also known as the Brown Scrubwren, is a small (to 130mm), dark olive-brown bird with grey-white streaked throat and pale yellow eyes with a black centre. It is very similar in size and shape to the White-browed Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis, and indeed was formerly considered to be a subspecies of S. frontalis.
The Tasmanian Scrubwren is confined to mainland Tasmania and Bass Strait islands where it prefers areas with dense vegetation, such as wet forests. It is usually
seen on or close to the ground.
Tasmanian Scrubwrens usually eat insects, but occasionally eat seeds. They often forage in pairs.
The nest is domed with
a rounded side entrance. It is loosely built of bark, twigs, grasses and leaves and lined with feathers or fur and located on or close to the
ground in grass tussocks or thick undergrowth. The female lays 2-3 eggs that are pale purple with brown spots.
The call is a noisy "zizz" followed by a repetitive "see-choo, see choo".
Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania.