Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Scrubtit (Acanthornis magna)


French: Acanthize de Legge German: Stammhuscher Spanish: Sedosito tasmano

Acanthiza magna


, 1855,

Western Tiers, near Deloraine, Tasmania


Race greeniana poorly known, with very few specimens. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. m. greeniana Schodde & Mason, 1999 – King I, in W Bass Strait (off SE Australia).
  • A. m. magna (Gould, 1855) – Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 10 g. Small scrubwren-like species with distinctive head pattern, strikingly pale eye and short, slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has olive-brown... read more


    Sweet musical song phrase, sometimes prefaced by very quiet zitting notes, “to wee to tsee tee tee... read more


    Cool-temperate rainforest and moist eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest with dense understorey of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food invertebrates, mostly insects, including cockroach eggs (Blattodea), beetles (Coleoptera, including curculionids), bugs (Hemiptera),... read more


    Season Sept–Jan. Breeds as monogamous pair. Maintains territory at least when breeding, and likely to be found nearby all year. Nest... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tasmania EBA. Unobtrusive and easily overlooked. Patchy distribution in Tasmania, and absent... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). Scrubtit (Acanthornis magna). 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 17 February 2019).