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Brown Thornbill

Brown Thornbill
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Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1DS Mark 111, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-24 11:44
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Brown Thornbill as identified by FatihThe Brown Thornbill is a small bird, but is one of the medium-sized and more common of the thornbills. It has olive-brown to grey upperparts, with a warm reddish-brown forehead scalloped with paler markings. The rump has a reddish-brown patch, the tail is grey-brown with a black band and a pale tip, and the underparts are off-white, streaked blackish on the chin, throat and chest. The eye is dark red. The sexes are similar and young birds are only slightly different to adults, with a duller eye.
Similar species

The Brown Thornbill can be confused with other thornbills, including the very similar Inland, A. apicalis, and Tasmanian, A. ewingii, Thornbills, but has shorter tail and less streaking on breast than the former and found in different habitats to the latter. Calls can be similar to the White-browed Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis, and the Tasmanian Scrubwren, S. humilis.

The Brown Thornbill is found only in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

The Brown Thornbill is found in dense shrubby habitats including wet and dry forests, woodlands, shrublands, heathlands and rainforests, as well as along watercourses, mainly in the temperate and sub-tropical zones. They are found from the coast up to 1200 m. They are found regularly in parks and gardens, especially close to large patches of remnant vegetation and along nature strips in towns and suburbs.
Seasonal movements
The Brown Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. Will feed in mixed flocks with other thornbills out of breeding season.
Breeding pairs of Brown Thornbills hold territories all year round for feeding and breeding purposes, and the bonds between pairs are long-lasting. Females build a small oval, domed nest with a partially hooded entrance near the top out of grasses, bark and other materials, lining it with feathers, fur or soft plant down. The nest is usually low down, in low, prickly bushes, grass clumps, or ferns. The female incubates the eggs and both parents feed the young, who stay with the parents until early autumn, before being driven out of the parental territory.ref Birds in Backyards

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Hi Lindsay,
you show us a bird that we do not often see. Every detail can be appreciated especially the red eye stands out. Looks as if it had had a bath just before.
I believe this bird is not easy to catch...

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