Tasmanian scrubwren

Tasmanian scrubwren
Sericornis humilis

Photo by J.J. Harrison (Wikipedia)

Common name:
Tasmanian scrubwren (en); acantiza-do-mato-castanha (pt); séricorne brun (fr); sedosito pardo (es); Tasmansericornis (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae

This species is endemic to Tasmania, King Island and other offshore islands in the Tasmanian region.

These birds are 12-15 cm long and weigh about 18 g.

The Tasmanian scrubwren is mostly found in dense temperate forests and scrublands, and using marshes, bogs and urban areas.

They usually forage in pairs, mainly taking insects but also some seeds. 

Tasmanian scrubwrens breed in August-December. The nest is a domed or spherical structure with a side entrance, made of bark, grass and moss, and lined with feathers and fur. The female lays 2-4 pale purple eggs with brown spots which are incubated for 17 days. The chicks fledge about 2 weeks after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and is described as quite widespread and fairy common. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to large-scale commercial forestry and perhaps industrial scale pesticide use.

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