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  Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)





Yellow-rumped Thornbill | Acanthiza chrysorrhoa photo
Yellow-rumped Thornbill in Canberra, Australia.

Image by Duncan McCaskill - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Yellow-rumped Thornbill | Acanthiza chrysorrhoa photo
Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Image by Brett Donald - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest of the thornbills. It is a greyish brown bird with yellow rump and white spots on top of head. The underside is creamy. Males and females are similar in colour. The young birds are similar to adults but paler. Birds are often seen in small flocks feeding on the ground.

Size
10 cm to 12 cm

Habitat
various habitats including woodland, shrubland, grassland, parks and gardens

Food
small insects and some seeds

Breeding
The nest is dome shaped made of grass and bark with a cup like "false nest" on top. The nest is built in shrub or tree with dense foliage. The females lays three or four white eggs marked with pale reddish brown.

Range
wide distribution in Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Northern Territory

distribution map showing range of Acanthiza chrysorrhoa 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:chrysorrhoa
Common Name:Yellow-rumped Thornbill

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