Order Passeriformes

Family Dasyornithidae

Bristlebirds
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General
  • Medium-sized passerines with long graduated tail, short and rather rounded wings, fairly long, pointed and stout bill with stiff rictal bristles at base, quite stout legs and feet; dull plumage of brown and grey with some rufous, variable pale spotting, streaking or scaling.
  • Australia.
  • Dense, low vegetation in heathland and shrubland to forest.
  • 17-25 cm.
  • 1 genus, 3 species, 6 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    one subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2017). Bristlebirds (Dasyornithidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52384 on 23 November 2017).