Order Passeriformes

Family Acanthizidae

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  • Small to medium-small passerines, most with short and rounded wings and fairly short tail, slender bill, a few with deeper and broader bill, terrestrial species with relatively strong legs and feet; plumage olive-green or drab brown, many species with some rufous, yellow or white patches, some also streaked.
  • Australasian Region and south-west Pacific, three species in Oriental Region.
  • Varied habitats, from tropical rainforest, mangroves and saltmarsh to dry woodland, heath and arid scrub.
  • 8-19 cm.
  • 13 genera, 64 species, 197 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    1 extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2019). Thornbills (Acanthizidae). 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/52336 on 10 December 2019).