They only weigh 5-6 grams. Diet – These birds are omnivorous; they feed upon insects, small birds, mice, lizards, and fruits. They feed amongst understorey vegetation and in low trees, generally in pairs. It occurs exclusively in cold and wet areas. They are sometimes caught by cats. The three most abundant native species in this study (rainbow lorikeets, noisy miners and red wattlebirds) are primarily nectarivorous and, although vegetation information was not collected, nectar-producing plants form an important component of gardens in Sydney. 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. Ground-feeding mainly although occasionally will feed in trees or shrubs. The calls have been described as "rich, musical warble". Family: Pardalotidae (Pardalotes, Bristlebirds, Scrubwrens, Thornbills and allies, 30 species in Australia) Size: 10 cm Distribution: Within about 300 km of the coasts of NSW, South QLD, Most of VIC and TAS, small parts of SE SA Status: Common to Locally Uncommon Habitat: Most forested areas where there is enough undergrowth References: Simpson and Day, Reader's … The sexes are similar. It also has a thinner, higher pitched call than the Brown Thornbill and is more commonly found higher in trees. Group: Thornbill. Receive the latest news on events, exhibitions, science research and special offers. There is a large overlap with the range of the very similar Inland Thornbill along slopes of Great Dividing Range from Queensland to Victoria. Their diet is … The adult Tasmanian Thornbill is olive-brown above with rufous-brown suffusion to the forehead; dull rufous-brown rump-patch and prominent rufous brown panel on folded wings. Breeding pairs of Brown Thornbills hold territories all year round for feeding and breeding purposes, and the bonds between pairs are long-lasting. There are no data on the rate of predation by hawks for either species; however, the annual rate of survival for brown thornbills and pied currawongs is, respectively, 63% and 82% [ 32 , 33 ]. Their calls vary from a mellow baritone "pee-orr", high whistles with rapid cascading trills, to many squeaks and churrs. Brown Thornbills feed mainly on insects, but also eat fruit, seeds and nectar. Mainly insects but sometimes seeds. Embed Add to Album. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. They prefer the upper and middle levels of forest canopy, and can be found moving rapidly through the outer foliage searching for food, or looking under bark. Distribution: The Striated Thornbill is found only in south-eastern mainland Australia from southern Queensland to eastern South Australia. 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. Crossref. They feed amongst understorey vegetation and in low trees, generally in pairs. Abstract. A tiny Australian bird, the brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), mimics the hawk warning calls of neighboring bird species to protect its nest from predators such as the pied currawong. They are also exceptional acrobats that are easily able to stay head downward like tits do. The Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) is a passerine bird usually found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. This species has a white, spotted black crown and a dark eye stripe. Often seen in small flocks feeding on the ground, often … 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. Photo by Trotts. birds native birds ; Actions. A tiny Australian bird, the brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), mimics the hawk warning calls of neighboring bird species to protect its nest from predators such as the pied currawong. The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest and probably the best-known thornbill, with a striking yellow rump. Will feed in mixed flocks with other thornbills out of breeding season. Diet: Carnivore. We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging. Details: Type: Bird. It is presented by CSIRO, Australia's major science research organisation. New research has found that the 6 gram brown thornbill mimics the hawk alarm calls of neighboring species to scare a nest predator by convincing it that a much bigger and scarier predator -- … It is a common bird in these regions, often found in rainforests, wet forests, and scrublands. The Brown Thornbill is a small bird, but is one of the medium-sized and more common of the thornbills. The young birds are similar but duller. Download 1857 x 1346. Brown thornbills are skilled mimics and also respond to humans imitating their calls. The Brown Thornbill will respond to humans imitating its calls. Instead, they have powerful hooked bills with specialised 'teeth' and matching notches which can sever neck bones with one bite. Females incubate the eggs and the male and other helpers will … The male Rainbow-bearded Thornbill is mostly brownish-green with a distinctive orange cap and a narrow and elongated multi-colored gorget. The tail is black, with white tips. — 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. Colour: White, with light-brown speckles: Shape: Tapered oval: Behaviour: Social behaviour: Territorial: Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive: Elementary unit: Family clan (Next to Buff-rumped Thornbills,) Yellow-rumped Thornbills are one of only two species of thornbill observed by us to regularly forage on the ground. There is a large overlap with the range of the very similar Inland Thornbill along slopes of Great Dividing Range from Queensland to Victoria. An estimated 52% of brown thornbill nests with nestlings suffer mortality at our study site, with 61–83% of these losses attributed to nest predation by avian predators, primarily pied currawongs . Grey-olive to grey-brown above and cream below. Come and explore what our researchers, curators and education programs have to offer! The Brown Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. The tail is black, with white tips. Previous studies have also identified prolific … Arboreal nests are built by a pair and often other helpers. Outside of the breeding season, they feed in flocks with other thornbill species. Both sexes resemble a male Rufous … A taxonomic revision of the Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla (Shaw) 1790 with description of a new sub-species. It is mainly grey-olive to grey-brown above to cream below, with a white-spotted black crown, white stripe above the eye and dark around the eye. All other mainland populations are … 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. It is widespread in its range from south-eastern Queensland to the Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, and throughout Tasmania, excepting the south-west. 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. Will feed in mixed flocks with other thornbills out of breeding season. The nests of Crested Bellbirds often have live, hairy caterpillars placed around the rim. Lyrebirds are famous for it, but all sorts of implausible suspects have a line in impressions as well: magpies, mistletoe birds, silver eyes. The Southern Brown Bandicoot is listed as an endangered species in New South Wales and is known from only two areas. 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. 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. More commonly, however, they are found in smaller groups or pairs. The largest thornbill (11-12 cm). If kiwis had eyes proportional to their body weight (which is about two or three kilograms), their eyes would be 38 mm in diameter (similar to a golf ball) – a huge difference. Injured Native Birds Contact: ACT: ACT Wildlife 0432 300 033 NSW: Wildcare 6299 1966 Banded Native Birds: Instructions if you find a dead bird: Instructions The mainland subspecies feeds mainly on small insects in the canopy foliage. Game of tones: Researchers have found that the tiny thornbill (brown thornbill shown) can mimic the warning call of other birds that a hawk is approaching to confuse a predator. Unlike other Melithreptus honeyeaters, the Strong-billed Honeyeater is adapted to foraging for insects on the trunks of trees, moving up and down vertically and ripping at the bark to find food. All three are small, sexually monomorphic insectivores. An omnivorous or nectarivorous diet is likely to be an advantage in suburban areas. A breeding plan is undertaken to restore the large number of the birds which once occupied vast areas of NSW. Water birds in the fog and Brown Thornbill looking for food, plus some amazing looking insects - Photographing at Uriarra Crossing Reserve and home on Sunday, 2 June 2019 AsianMil June 15, 2019 I enjoy being beside a slow-moving river, there is something relaxing in the … Other Common Names : Yellow-tailed Thornbill. Their diet consists mostly of insects, but they will sometimes eat seeds. Lateral view of a Brown Thornbill with its prey, a juicy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton) [Moggill Reserve, QLD, April 2018] Head, crown and forehead black with white spots. Will feed in mixed flocks with other thornbills out of breeding season. The tail is black, with white tips. Grey-olive to grey-brown above and cream below. the study area: striated thornbill A. lineata, brown thornbill A. pusilla and buff-rumped thornbill A. reguloides. Yellow-rumped Thornbills forage on the ground in small, often mixed flocks. Large thornbill with a short tail and slender bill. 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. Check out the What's On calendar of events, workshops and school holiday programs. The Brown Thornbill is found only in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The sexes are similar and young birds are only slightly different to adults, with a duller eye. A joint Ichthyology and Ornithology excursion to Coolah Tops helps fill in gaps in both collections. They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. You have reached the end of the page. The Brown Thornbill is found only in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The King Island brown thornbill has been found in a patch of forest on private land several kilometres outside of its known range in the Pegarah state forest. Coby and Michael Dahlem birds of Australia Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) mdahlem.net WWW ... Food, Diet: Like several other species of the Acanthiza family, Brown Thornbills hunt for small insects in low shrubs and bushes. With the Brown Thornbill, A. pusilla, it represents a double invasion of Tasmania by birds derived from a common stock. Brown Thornbill, Inland Thornbill, Broad-tailed Thornbill, Red-rumped Thornbill, Whitlocks' Thornbill, Brown Tit, Whitlock's Tit, Tanami Tit, White-scaled Tit, Lake Way Tit, Brown-rumped Tit, Browntail, Scrub Thornbill, Tit-bat . An estimated 52% of brown thornbill nests with nestlings suffer mortality at our study site, with 61–83% of these losses attributed to nest predation by avian predators, primarily pied currawongs . It has a cream breast and belly with black streaks across the throat and chest. It is mainly grey-olive to grey-brown above to cream below, with a white-spotted black crown and a dark eye stripe. It has olive-brown to grey upperparts, with a warm reddish-brown forehead scalloped with paler markings. The Brown-headed Honeyeater prefers the lightest-coloured hairs for its nest, choosing white rather than brown hairs from piebald (two-tone) ponies and cattle, and ignoring all-brown animals. King Island Subspecies: Black Currawong (sounds like), Yellow Wattlebird, Green Rosella (sounds like), Dusky Robin, King Island Brown Thornbill and the King Island Scrub Tit. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), Natural Sciences research and collections, Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station, 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes finalists, 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners, Become a volunteer at the Australian Museum. Slender-billed Thornbill (Western) Acanthiza iredalei iredalei The western subspecies of the Slender-billed Thornbill is a small bird, about 10cm in length with a wingspan of 14-15 centimetres. Univariate analysis of honeyeater aerial alarm mimicry found that mimetic alarms were similar in peak frequency, highest frequency and element duration to the model’s alarm, but had a higher lowest … Olive-grey/brown in colour, they have a black patch with … The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest and probably the best-known thornbill, with a striking yellow rump. The Brown Thornbill is a small bird, but is one of the medium-sized and more common of the thornbills. WE Boles Emu 83(2) 51 - 58 Published: 1983 . The eye is dark red. The female is greenish brown with an orange cap and a rudimentary gorget. It is mainly grey-olive to grey-brown above to cream below, with a white-spotted black crown, white stripe above the eye and dark around the eye. "We even detected brown thornbills on private land away from the only previously known population," Dr Webb said. Libraries and tags. Researchers have found that the tiny brown thornbill mimics the hawk warning call to scare off predators. Lyrebirds are famous for it, but all sorts of implausible suspects have a line in impressions as well: magpies, mistletoe birds, silver eyes. NikonD850 Nikkor Lens 200-500mm. They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. To embed this image on your own … White stripe above eye; dark around eye. Distinctive Markings: Distinctive yellow rump. The Brown Thornbill has differentiated only at a subspecies level which suggests it was later reaching Tasmania. The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest and probably the best-known thornbill, with a striking yellow rump. Over 900 glass plate negatives taken by George Brown during his work for the Methodist Mission in the Pacific between 1875 and 1905. Thank you for reading. Habitat: Grassy woodlands, scrublands, farms and gardens. The bill in both sexes in black, short, and straight. A three-week search found scrubtits at 60 different sites and the thornbill at 20. Distinguishing Features. The Striated Thornbill is a medium-sized thornbill with greenish upperparts, an orange-brown cap, streaked distinctively with white and off-white to cream underparts, heavily streaked on chin, throat and breast. While they are usually seen in pairs or in small groups of up to 10 birds, they occasionally form flocks of up to 60 … 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. Young birds have softer, fluffier plumage on the body, but are otherwise similar. King Island Subspecies: Black Currawong (sounds like), Yellow Wattlebird, Green Rosella (sounds like), Dusky Robin, King Island Brown Thornbill and the King Island Scrub Tit. In this section, find out everything you need to know about visiting the Australian Museum, how to get here and the extraordinary exhibitions on display. The sexes are similar. They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. Clutch size is three. Habitat – They live on grasslands, open woodlands, and dry plains. A. regu- loides and lineata show a two-tiered social organi- zation with … The Tasmanian Thornbill is a medium sized thornbill very similar to the Brown Thornbill A. pusilla. It is greenish-olive on the back, with white streaking on the cheeks and ears, and has pale to bright yellow underparts. 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. This species has a white, spotted black crown and a dark eye stripe. The Brown Thornbill is adversely affected by fires that reduce understorey, but may benefit from any clearing activity that increases shrubby vegetation cover. The Striated Thornbill is also common in the Blue Mountains and I find it hard to tell the difference, without a close up of the eye like in the photo below. Yellow-throated and Black-headed Honeyeaters, only missing the 40 Spotted Pardolate (now extinct on KI) and Native Hen. It has olive-brown to grey upperparts, with a warm reddish-brown forehead scalloped with paler markings. There is a reddish brown tone on the chin and throat. Biology: Breeds July-December. Brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), perched in a tree. scienceimage is an image library specialising in science and nature images. Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla. Brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), Flinders, Victoria Photographer : John Manger . Apparently the minute brown thornbill has been recorded mimicking a pied currawong – a bird forty times its size. The Brown Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. Brown Thornbill in an A. terminalis bush. It has been suggested that the adults gather them as a food storage for the sitting bird or as a defence for the nest. The expansion of the known range of the brown thornbill is a breakthrough, as it had been assumed the birds were confined to one forest patch. Both sexes have a dusky tail with large white tips on each feather. Buff-rumped Thornbills inhabit grassy woodlands and feed mostly in small flocks among the lower levels of the vegetation. Image credit: gadigal yilimung (shield) made by Uncle Charles Chicka Madden. Olive-grey/brown in colour, they have a black patch with white edges on their forehead. sized and shaped Brown Thornbill, A. pusilla, by its orange-brown cap streaked with white and by black streaking on its yellow-white underparts. 11 cm long, with a wingspan of 17.5 cm. In this section, explore all the different ways you can be a part of the Museum's groundbreaking research, as well as come face-to-face with our dedicated staff. The Brown Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. The sexes are similar. Apparently the minute brown thornbill has been recorded mimicking a pied currawong – … Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. The three most abundant native species in this study (rainbow lorikeets, noisy miners and red wattlebirds) are primarily nectarivorous and, although vegetation information was not collected, nectar-producing plants form an important component of gardens in Sydney. Females build a domed nest in low understorey vegetation. A domed nest consisting of shredded bark, grass and moss is built usually near the ground and clutch size is usually three to four eggs, which are white with fine reddish-brown spots. The Brown Thornbill is a small bird, but is one of the medium-sized and more common of the thornbills. The Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii) is a small brown bird only found in Tasmania and the islands in the Bass Strait. Lateral view of a Brown Thornbill with its prey, a juicy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton) [Moggill Reserve, QLD, April 2018] Brown Thornbill with its prey (photo courtesy of I. Grey-olive to grey-brown above and cream below. The Brown Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. The largest thornbill (11-12 cm). The eye is dark red. The Brown Thornbill will respond to humans imitating its calls. The underparts are off-white with diffuse fine dusky mottling on chin, throat and breast, and clean white undertail-coverts. Apparently Australian birds are uncommonly good at mimicry. Having caught something, … Calls can be similar to the White-browed Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis, and the Tasmanian Scrubwren, S. humilis. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. Tasmanian endemics: 10 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic birds live and breed on King Island e.g. The two are best told apart by the adage that the Tasmanian Thornbill "wears the white underpants". The Brown Thornbill is small plump bird about 10cm in size. A new subspecies of the Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla is described from the Clarke Range, Queensland, on the basis of its bright yellow underparts, A. katherina-like calls and geographical isolation. According to Simpson and Day there is no other Thornbill or related bird with a reddish brown eye in the East of New South Wales. Native Status : Native to … Adult brown thornbills are able to mimic the alarm calls of other birds such as the New Holland honeyeater that warn of a raptor approaching, which deters other predators such as pied currawongs from attacking their nests. These small birds play a key role in pollination of A. terminalis because this wattle flowers in Autumn, when there are relatively few insect pollinators around. An endangered species… the Bustard pictured at Taronga Zoo. The Australian Museum respects and acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which the Museum stands. It favors humid scrub and tall shrubbery. However, they are quite common on the suburban fringes of Canberra Nature Park. Brown Thornbills form pair-bonds for life and will defend their territories all year. It has olive-brown to grey upperparts, with a warm reddish-brown forehead scalloped with paler markings. Biology. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 6: Pardalotes to Shrike-thrushes. NIKON D850 Aperture 63/10 ISO 1000 Shutter 1/1250 Focal Length 500/1 Nov, 2020 Slender-billed Thornbill (Western) Acanthiza iredalei iredalei The western subspecies of the Slender-billed Thornbill is a small bird, about 10cm in length with a wingspan of 14-15 centimetres. The nest is usually low down, in low, prickly bushes, grass clumps, or ferns. To get some impression of just how tiny the kiwi's eyes are, the Australian brown thornbill (which weighs a minuscule six grams) has an eye diameter of six millimetres. Acanthiza follow a very characteristic undulating path when flying. Join us, volunteer and be a part of our journey of discovery! Their song is … The eggs of the Speckled Warbler are a glossy red-brown, leading to unusual local names such as 'Chocolate Bird' and 'Blood Tit'. Frontal view of a juvenile Chestnut-rumped Thornbill; this is the juvenile whose calls were recorded on 27 November 2014 [Bullawa Creek SCA, 15 km East of Narrabri, NSW, in November 2014] Near-frontal view of a juvenile Chestnut-rumped Thornbill; this is the juvenile whose calls were recorded on 27 November 2014 [Bullawa Creek SCA, 15 km East of Narrabri, NSW, in November 2014] It has dark red eyes and a … It can grow up to 10 cm long, and feeds on insects but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Colloquially the thornbill is sometimes referred to as a “tit” by locals, ... amidst trees and shrubs, and feed in a similar manner. Tasmanian endemics: 10 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic birds live and breed on King Island e.g. Their diet is formed essentially of little insects and plant lice that these birds glean from foliage. Injured Native Birds Contact: ACT: ACT Wildlife 0432 300 033 NSW: Wildcare 6299 1966 Banded Native Birds: Instructions if you find a dead bird: Instructions This species has a white, spotted black crown and a dark eye stripe. … Although the two are similar in appearance, the Tasmanian Thornbill has differentiated more from mainland forms and is regarded as a full species. ... wet forests, and scrublands. The nest is usually low down, in low, prickly bushes, grass clumps, or ferns. It is widespread in its range from south-eastern Queensland to the Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia, and throughout Tasmania, excepting the south-west. The largest thornbill (11-12 cm). In this section, there's a wealth of information about our collections of scientific specimens and cultural objects. The Australian Museum respects and acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the land and waterways on which the Museum stands. The adult Tasmanian Thornbill is olive-brown above with rufous-brown suffusion to the forehead; dull rufous-brown rump-patch and prominent rufous brown panel on folded wings. Tomasz Hetmański, Dispersion Asymmetry within a Feral Pigeon … The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest and probably the best-known thornbill, with a striking yellow rump. Habitat: The Striated … The Brown Thornbill is adversely affected by fires that reduce understorey, but may benefit from any clearing activity that increases shrubby vegetation cover. 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. Often seen in small … Rich, musical warbles and accomplished mimicry; responds to imitation of calls by humans. Image Courtesy: Thinkstock . Brown thornbill aerial alarms produced at mist nets were acoustically indistinguishable from aerial alarms prompted by gliding predator models away from mist nets (F 1, 203 = 0.94, P = 0.33). The habitat preferences of the group vary from dense forest to open saltbush and bluebush plains. Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. We have seen them hunting for insects on our lawn and paddock. An omnivorous or nectarivorous diet is likely to be an advantage in suburban areas. Brown Thornbills form pair-bonds for life and will defend their territories all year. Embed Image. They move along the ground with a hopping gait. About. You have reached the end of the main content. Your Garden: How to make it a safe haven for birds, Other Areas Nearby: improving the landscape for birds. Phil Gregory Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020 Text last updated January 31, 2013 Brown thornbill nests are hidden in dense thickets a metre or less off the ground – even so, their young are constantly under threat from much larger crow-like pied currawongs. Outside of the breeding season, they feed in flocks with other thornbill species. This website may contain names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is substantiated by distinct … The underparts are off-white … Jenny Lau from BirdLife Australia said three of Australia's most endangered birds were associated with King Island — the scrubtit, brown thornbill and orange-bellied parrot. The sexes are similar and young birds are only slightly different to adults, with a duller eye. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. Brown thornbill aerial alarms produced at mist nets were acoustically indistinguishable from aerial alarms prompted by gliding predator models away from mist nets (F 1, 203 = 0.94, P = 0.33). Apparently Australian birds are uncommonly good at mimicry. The brown thornbill, Acanthiza pusilla archibaldi, is a subspecies of the Tasmanian thornbill, distinguished from its cousins on the big island by a slightly longer beak. The tail is black, with white tips. Young birds have softer, fluffier plumage on the body, but are otherwise similar. Diet – Slender-billed thornbills feed upon spiders, insects, and occasionally on stems, leaves of some plants, and centipedes. Rich, musical warbles and accomplished mimicry; responds to imitation of calls by humans. Its diet revolves primarily around small insects, which it scrounges up and feeds on close to the ground. 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