Family Scrub-birds (Atrichornithidae)


Noisy Scrub-bird (Atrichornis clamosus)


French: Atrichorne bruyant German: Lärmdickichtvogel Spanish: Matorralero bullicioso

Atrichia clamosa


, 1844,

Darling Range, Western Australia


Proposed race campbelli (King George Sound) indistinguishable. Monotypic.


Western Australia in coastal and near-coastal areas between Two Peoples Bay and Cheyne Beach; reintroduced at several sites, including near Waroona (in Darling Range, S of Perth).

Introduced on Bald I.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 23 cm, 50–60 g; female c. 19·5 cm, 34 g. Rather small, with short rounded wings, long graduated tail. Male is mid-brown above, with fine, dark vermicu... read more


Dense scrub and the shrubby understorey of low forest; frequents gulleys, swamps, watercourses, and... read more

Food and feeding

Eats a wide range of invertebrates, but seems to prefer ants (Formicidae), beetles, spiders, orthopterans and various larvae. Vertebrates... read more


Season Apr–Oct, during austral winter, most eggs laid in Jun. Male probably polygynous, plays no role in nest-building, incubation of... read more


Generally sedentary. Some males disperse up to 10 km from natal area, but many appear to remain in... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Considered Vulnerable until uplisted to Endangered in 2012. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Australia EBA. Was considered extinct, but... read more

Recommended citation

Danks, A., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Noisy Scrub-bird (Atrichornis clamosus). 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 23 March 2019).