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  Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii)





Tasmanian Thornbill | Acanthiza ewingii photo
Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii) at Risdon Brook Dam, Tasmania

Image by JJ Harrison (http://www.noodlesnacks.com/) - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



TASMANIAN THORNBILL FACTS

Description
The Tasmanian Thornbill is a greyish brown bird found only in Tasmania where it is a common species. The adult is mainly light brown with greyish streaked throat breast. Males and females are similar in colour. The underside of the tail is white. It is similar in appearance to the Brown Thornbill which lacks the white underside to the tail.

Size
10cm

Habitat
rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodland

Food
small insects

Breeding
The nest is dome shaped made of bark and moss. The females lays three or four white eggs with pinking speckling.

Range
Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands

distribution map showing range of Acanthiza ewingii 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:ewingii
Common Name:Tasmanian Thornbill

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