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Tasmanian Scrubwren, Sericornis humilis

Scrubwren Photograph by Alex Dudley

Description

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.

Habitat

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.

Diet

Tasmanian Scrubwrens usually eat insects, but occasionally eat seeds. They often forage in pairs.

Breeding

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.

Call

The call is a noisy "zizz" followed by a repetitive "see-choo, see choo".
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania.