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Yellow-throated Scrubwren

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Sericornis citreogularis


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by Hans&Judy BesteYarraman State Forest, Queensland, November 2016
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Yarraman State Forest, Queensland, November 2016

12–15 cm (4¾-6 in)

  • Black facial mask and forehead
  • White and yellow supercilium
  • Bright yellow throat
  • Dark olive brown crown and back
  • White belly
  • Olive flanks
  • Dark greyish-brown wings with yellowy outer edges
  • Cream to pinkish-grey legs
  • Black bill

Females: brown face mask and forehead
Young birds are duller than adults, with fawn underparts.

[edit] Distribution

East coast of Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • S. c. cairnsi:
  • S. c. intermedius:
  • East Australia (south-eastern Queensland to Clarence River, New South Wales)
  • S. c. citreogularis:
East New South Wales (Clarence River to Mount Dromedary)

[edit] Habitat

Dark understorey of coastal rainforests and wet, timbered gullies with dense vegetation.

[edit] Behaviour

Old nest of subspecies intermediusPhoto © by Todd Delia ToddO'Reilly's, Queensland, Australia, October 2019
Old nest of subspecies intermedius
Photo © by Todd Delia Todd
O'Reilly's, Queensland, Australia, October 2019

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of insects, worms and spiders, with the inclusion of seeds, fungus and fruit.

[edit] Breeding

They build a long, bulky domed nest with a hooded side entrance, from roots, vine tendrils, leaf skeletons, moss and twigs, and lined with feathers. The clutch consists of 2-3 brownish-purple to pale brownish-white eggs with darker spots or blotches.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  4. Birds in Backyards

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