French: Séricorne à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauensericornis Spanish: Sedosito cejiblanco
Vigors and Horsfield
region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. f. balstoni
Ogilvie-Grant, 1909 – coastal W Western Australia from Shark Bay and its islands S, including Houtman Abrolhos, to Dongara–Jurien Bay region.
S. f. maculatus
Gould, 1847 – Spotted Scrubwren – SW Western Australia (from Dongara S to Bremer Bay–Hopetoun region).
S. f. mellori
Mathews, 1912 – S Western Australia (from Bremer Bay–Hopetoun, and extending N patchily to inner Wheatbelt) E along coast, including Archipelago of the Recherche, to SE South Australia (E to S Yorke Peninsula and coastal Gulf St Vincent).
S. f. ashbyi
Mathews, 1912 – Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
S. f. laevigaster
Gould, 1847 – Buff-breasted Scrubwren – NE Queensland (S from Cairns and Atherton Tablelands) S to NE New South Wales and to W slopes of Great Dividing Range.
S. f. tweedi
Mathews, 1922 – coastal and subcoastal areas from Queensland–New South Wales border S to Hunter R and inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range.
S. f. frontalis
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – White-browed Scrubwren – coastal and subcoastal area from EC New South Wales (Hunter R and inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range) S, except in S Victoria, to E coast of South Australia.
S. f. harterti
Mathews, 1912 – coastal S Victoria (around Cape Otway and E to Wilson’s Promontory).
S. f. rosinae
Mathews, 1912 – Mt Lofty Ranges, in South Australia.
S. f. flindersi
S. A. White & Mellor, 1913 – islands in E Bass Strait (Hogan, Kent and Furneaux Groups).
10·5–15 cm; c. 14 g. Highly variable medium-sized scrubwren with distinctive head pattern and comparatively short legs. Male nominate race has lores and ear-... read more
Very vocal. Loud song variable, musical or harsh, usually of 5–20 multi-note “syllables... read more
Dense undergrowth in diverse habitats, including eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest, rainforest... read more
Food and feeding
Food arthropods, especially insects; also seeds and fruit. Recorded prey items include gastropods and a wide range of arthropods, including... read more
Recorded in all months, but mainly Aug–Jan; several broods in a season. Mating system includes monogamy and polyandry within social... read more
Resident, with some local wandering; may make local altitudinal shifts in highlands of SE Australia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Often common within its large range in E, S & SW Australia outside desert and semi-arid zone. Able to thrive in a wide range of vegetated... read more
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