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  Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)





Brown Thornbill | Acanthiza pusilla photo
Brown Thornbill, Tweed Valley

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BROWN THORNBILL FACTS

Description
As you would expect from its name, the Brown Thornbill is a little brown bird. It is common in eastern and southern Australia. It is brown above with grey breast and throat with darker stripes. The rump is reddish brown and tail is greyish. It is an average sized Thornbill and male and females are similar in appearance; young birds are fairly similar too.

Size
10cm

Habitat
found in a variety of habitats where there is dense cover including wet eucalypt forest, dry eucalypt forest, woodland, shrubland

Food
mainly insects and sometimes seeds or fruit

Breeding
The nest is dome shaped made of grass, bark and lined with feathers and soft plant material. The nest is usually built near the ground in low shrub or dense grass clump.

Range
southern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, eastern South Australia, and Tasmania.

distribution map showing range of Acanthiza pusilla in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Acanthizidae
Genus:Acanthiza
Species:pusilla
Common Name:Brown Thornbill

Relatives in same Genus
  Inland Thornbill (A. apicalis)
  Yellow-rumped Thornbill (A. chrysorrhoa)
  Tasmanian Thornbill (A. ewingii)
  Striated Thornbill (A. lineata)
  Yellow Thornbill (A. nana)
  Buff-rumped Thornbill (A. reguloides)