|White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis
January / March 2006
The White-browed Scrubwren is distributed in a wide belt round the coasts of eastern, southern and south western Australia. It is also in Tasmania. It is found in a wide variety of habitats where there is undergrowth from forests to heathland and even gardens.
|It has a dark face with a white eye-brow and moustachial stripe, a cream eye and white tips to the darkish alula,
a feature only shared by Scrubtit Acanthornis magnus.
The amount of white on the face varies between sub-species. The Tasmanian sub-species S. f. humilis has a dull face with a faint white eyestripe. This used to be considered a separate species, Tasmanian Scrubwren S. humilis. This is the sub-species shown in photos 5 to 8.
|Photos 1 to 4 show the nominate sub-species of south-east Australia.
The white on the face also varies with age. Photo 6 is of a young bird.
Photos 9 and 10 show the sub-species S. f. maculatus from Western Australia showing heavy streaking on the breast.
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