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White-browed Scrubwren

A White-browed Scrubwren perching on a tree branch

Adult (south-western Western Australia)

A pair of White-browed Scrubwren chicks perched on a fallen tree trunk

Fledglings (south-eastern Queensland)

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Scientific Name: Sericornis frontalis 

Size: 11 to 13 cm

What does it look and sound like?

The White-browed Scrubwren shows some variation in plumage markings and colouration.  Predominantly, birds are fuscous-brown with slightly paler underparts and have a characteristic white eyebrow.  Birds in the Australia’s north are more yellow underneath, and the males have an almost black facial mask, whereas birds found along the southern coastline have conspicuous dark streaking on the throat. The call is a repetitive chattering, especially when disturbed, and some mimicry. 

Where is it found?

Its range extends from northern Queensland, in a broad coastal band through South Australia to the mid Western Australian Coast, and Tasmania. 

What are its habitats & habits?

The White-browed Scrubwren is a noisy and inquisitive bird. Within Australia there are five species of Scrubwren, of which this species is the most common and widespread. Throughout this range it is found in rainforests, open forests, woodlands, scrubs and heaths. The White-browed Scrubwren is insectivorous, and busily feeds in pairs amongst the thick vegetation of the forest floor.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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