Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri)


French: Séricorne de l’Atherton German: Rotstirnsericornis Spanish: Sedosito del Atherton

Sericornis magnirostris keri


, 1920,

South Peak, Mount Bellenden Ker, north-east Queensland, Australia


Sister to S. humilis, based on genetic data#R; these two are more closely related to S. frontalis than to S. magnirostra, even though latter is superficially more similar to present species. Monotypic.


Tablelands of NE Queensland, in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

11·5–14·2 cm; c. 12 g. A medium-sized, somewhat featureless and rather dark scrubwren with large-looking dark eye, spiky bill. Has crown and upperparts dark olive-brown... read more


Poorly known. Song a repetition of “che-wee” notes. Calls include “sip-sip-sip”, also low... read more


Rainforest, mainly on tablelands at 600–1600 m, but reported down to 420 m; in microphyll... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; no detailed studies, but prey includes cockroach eggs (Blattodea), beetles (of families Carabidae, Elateridae, Curculionidae... read more


Few data. Breeding reported Aug–Dec, laying Sept–Nov. Nest domed or ovate, with slightly hooded side entrance, made of leaves,... read more


Sedentary; some purely local winter wandering may be expected in poor weather conditions.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Rather uncommon. Well represented in national parks and reserves. Although not... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2020). Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri). 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 on 5 April 2020).