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Tasmanian Thornbill, Acanthiza ewingii

Tasmanian thornbill

Tasmanian Thornbill
Photo by Alan Fletcher

Description

The Tasmanian Thornbill is only found in Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. It is a small (100mm), brown bird similar to the Brown Thornbill. The throat and breast are streaked with grey and white. The white undertail distinguishes this species from the Brown Thornbill. The sexes are alike.

Habitat

The species is common and occurs in rainforests, wet sclerophyll forests and wet scrub.

Diet

It feeds on small insects, often fairly close to the ground.

Breeding

The nest is dome-shaped and made of shredded bark, grass and moss. It lays 3-4 pinkish-white freckled eggs.

Call

The call is a 'zit zit zit whooorl'.

Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania.