Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Western Thornbill (Acanthiza inornata)


Taxonomy

French: Acanthize sobre German: Walddornschnabel Spanish: Acantiza sencilla
Taxonomy:

Acanthiza inornata

Gould

, 1841,

Swan River, Western Australia

.

Sister to A. reguloides. Proposed race mastersi (wettest portion of S coast of SW Australia, E to Albany) might merit recognition, as sharp gradation occurs between darker population in extreme S and paler one to N; further study required. Tentatively treated as monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Western Australia N to Hill R and Moora and E to Stirling Range.

Descriptive notes

8–10·5 cm; 7 g. A small, plain thornbill with pale eye. Has fine creamy-buff scalloping on forehead, fine creamy-buff streaking and spotting on ear-coverts;... read more

Voice

Tends to be quiet and fairly unobtrusive. Song, reportedly used also as contact and in agonistic... read more

Habitat

Wandoo woodland, jarrah and marri forest with understorey of shrubs, also flooded gum (... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insectivorous. Food includes beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), and lepidopteran larvae; also... read more

Breeding

Season Aug–Feb, occasionally from mid-Jul. Breeds as pair, or sometimes in group with three or four individuals attending one nest.... read more

Movements

Resident, with perhaps some local post-breeding wandering. Of 65 recoveries concerning 60... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon. Density can reach 40 groups/100 ha, but drops after fires. Range relatively restricted, and much of the habitat being... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2019). Western Thornbill (Acanthiza inornata). 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/59835 on 23 February 2019).