Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)


French: Acanthize ridé German: Stricheldornschnabel Spanish: Acantiza estriada

Acanthiza lineata


, 1838,

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Races intergrade. Proposed race chandleri (coastal SE South Australia and Victoria) synonymized with clelandi. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. alberti Mathews, 1920 – SE Queensland and extreme NE New South Wales, in E Australia.
  • A. l. lineata Gould, 1838 – NE New South Wales S to Victoria.
  • A. l. clelandi Mathews, 1912 – SE South Australia and SW Victoria.
  • A. l. whitei Mathews, 1912 – Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11 cm; 7 g. Distinctive thornbill with well-streaked head and forebody. Nominate race has top of head tan-brown, becoming paler on neck side and hindneck, with dense... read more


    Vocal. Constant thin, high-pitched, raspy, almost insect-like “tiziz-tiziz” calls as it... read more


    Primarily eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forests and woodlands with good shrub layer, including... read more

    Food and feeding

    Prey includes spiders (Araneae), insect larvae, beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera) including lerps (Psyllidae), also... read more


    Season Jun–Mar, with eggs Jun–Dec; likely to be occasionally double-brooded. Breeds as simple pair or as co-operative group of... read more


    Primarily resident; some local movements. In SE New South Wales, moves out of higher altitudes (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common and widespread over much of SE mainland, also on Kangaroo I. In Victoria study, density varied from 62 group territories/km² in regrowth... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata). 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 16 February 2019).