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Tasmanian Thornbill - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ken Doy
Ulverstone, Tasmania, 07 October 2022
Acanthiza ewingii


Length 10cm
Mostly plain with rufous-brown upperparts and gray underparts. Legs are long, pinkish brown, throat and breast lightly streaked. Short, thin, slightly upturned bill.

Similar Species

Similar to the much more common Brown Thornbill of Australia’s SE corner, but lacks the chestnut rump and yellow wash on the underside, and separated by habitats.


Australasia: found in Tasmania and islands of Bass Strait.


This is a monotypic species[1]..


Cool, wet rainforests. Moves to drier forests during winter. Common in limited range wherever there is adequate water and foliage.


Forages in canopy and middle levels of trees; rarely near the ground.


Diet is small insects and plant lice gleaned from the foliage. Acrobatic feeding, upside down frequently.


Nest is a large dome-shaped construction, with a side entrance.


Members of the Acanthizidae family have a characteristic undulating flight path.


Sedentary or locally nomadic


  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/

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