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Sericornis frontalis frontalis
Photo © by peterday
Twin Oaks South Australia, October 2012
Sericornis frontalis


Sericornis frontalis laevigaster
Photo © by peterday
Atherton Tableland, Queensland Australia, October 2016

10·5–15 cm (4-6 in)

  • Dark olive-brown upperparts
  • Buffy grey throat
  • Dull rufous flanks, belly and rump
  • White line above and below the eye
  • Black around the eye between the lines, becoming greyer near the ear
  • Light cream eye

Sexes similar; females slightly duller, particularly on the face.


Coastal eastern Australia: found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.


Spotted Scrubwren was formerly included in this species.


Photo © by Tristan Norton
Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria, Australia, November, 2009

Six subspecies are recognized[1]:


Dense undergrowth in rainforest, open forest, woodland and heaths, disturbed areas, etc.



The diet consists of arthropods, especially insects, with the addition of some seeds and fruit.


Sings rapids bursts of variable, multinote song. Each male has usually more than one song and neighbors may not sing identically.


The breeding season is reported to be all year, but mainly August to January. The nest is a large grass ball with other plant material incorporated placed near the ground in thick vegetation. It has a side entrance tunnel leading to a feather-lined cup. The clutch consists of 2-3 pale blue to pale purple eggs, spotted with brown at the base. There may be several broods each year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Birds in Backyards
  5. Gregory, P. (2022). White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and N. D. Sly, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whbscr1.01.1

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