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  Rufous Scrub-bird (Atrichornis rufescens)





Rufous Scrub-bird | Atrichornis rufescens photo
Rufous Scrub-bird

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RUFOUS SCRUB-BIRD FACTS

Description
The Rufous Scrub-bird is a fairly small brown bird that spends most of its time on the ground. The head, back wings and tail are brown with fine dark scale pattern. There is a white stripe on lower part of the face running down from base of bill - this stripe is more prominent in males. The chest and belly is more rusty brown. Males have darker markings around throat and upper breast. Immature birds have pale throat and chest.

Size
16cm

Habitat
live amongst dense ground cover in wet eucalypt forest, and rainforest at higher altitudes

Food
feeds on ground on insects and other invertebrates

Breeding
builds a dome shaped nest in dense cover near the ground. Lays whitish eggs with reddish brown spots and speckles.

Range
south east Queensland near New South Wales border; north east of New South Wales.

distribution map showing range of Atrichornis rufescens 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:Atrichornithidae
Genus:Atrichornis
Species:rufescens
Common Name:Rufous Scrub-bird