White-browed Scrubwren

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sericornis frontalis

White-browed Scrubwren

The White-browed Scrubwren is a small insectivorous with white eyebrow. Plumage varies across its range. However, all subspecies have a dark face with clear white eyebrow and chin stripe.

It measures about 4.3 - 5.5 inches long.

They are mostly dark olive-brown above, while the throat is buff gray and the flanks, belly and rump are dull rufous.

They have a white line above the eye and another below the eye. The area around the eye between the lines is black, becoming grayer near the ear. The eye is light cream.

Males and females are similar, but the females are slightly duller, particularly on the face.

Young birds are similar to the adults, but are generally duller, with more chocolate- brown backs and duskier faces.

It often makes a grumpy buzzing call but also sings a clear musical song.

Feed mostly on insects and other small arthropods. They also eat some seeds, occasionally.

Lives in rainforest, open forest, woodland and heaths. Usually seen in pairs, low down in the thick vegetation.

Range extends from northern Queensland, in a broad coastal band through South Australia to the mid-Western Australian coast, and Tasmania.

Nest consists of a large ball of grasses and other plant material, a side entrance tunnel leading to a cup lined with feathers.

It is normally located on or near to the ground, in thick vegetation, but may be in a tree fork a few meters high.

Eggs are pale blue to pale purple and are spotted with brown at the base.


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