Tasmanian Scrubwren

Did you know?

The Tasmanian Scrubwren is known as the alarm bird of the Tasmanian scrub, as it is the first to signal danger.

Calls
The Tasmanian Scrubwren has three calls. The song call is like a squeaky wheel, and can last a long time. It also uses a soft "peep" call to keep contact with its mate while foraging. The alarm call is a scolding, rasping chatter.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
12cm
Maximum Size: 
15cm
Average size: 
13cm
Average weight: 
18g
Breeding season: 
August to December
Clutch Size: 
Two to four, usually three.
Incubation: 
17 days
Conservation Status
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Featured bird groups: 
Atlas Number: 
495
What does it look like?
Description: 

The Tasmanian Scrubwren is a small bird with a short, slender straight bill, short legs and a short tail. Tasmanian Scrubwrens are mostly dark olive-brown above with russet on the back, rump and upper-tail. They are dull cream below with greyish streaking. The eye is cream and has pale lines above and below it. The area between the lines is grey. The chin and throat are off-white with coarse dark streaking. They have a black shoulder patch with overlying white markings. The area between the bill and the eye is blacker in males and greyer in females. The females also have less contrasting patterns. Tasmanian Scrubwrens are also known as Brown Scrubwrens.

Similar species: 

The Tasmanian Scrubwren is very similar in size and shape to the White-browed ScrubwrenSericornis frontalis, but is generally a little darker and has less white on the throat. It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of S. frontalis.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Tasmanian Scrubwren is confined to mainland Tasmania, King Island and other offshore islands in the Tasmanian region.

Habitat: 

The Tasmanian Scrubwren prefers areas with dense vegetation, such as rainforests and other forest areas with moist gullies. It is usually seen on or close to the ground.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Tasmanian Scrubwrens usually eat insects, but occasionally eat seeds. They often forage in pairs.

Breeding: 

The nest of the Tasmanian Scrubwren is located on or close to the ground in thick vegetation. The nest is domed or nearly spherical with a rounded side entrance. It is made of bark, grass and moss and softly lined with feathers or fur. The eggs are pale purple with brown spots at the base.

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