Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Atherton Scrubwren
Sericornis keri

Atherton Scrubwrens are one of the plainest looking of our scrubwrens and can be confused at times with the Large-billed Scrubwren. They are limited to the mountain rainforests of NE Queensland from near Cooktown to the Seaview Range, usually higher than 800 m above sea level. They weren't even recognised as a species until 1964, not surprising for such a quiet, cryptic bird with such a limited distribution.

Unlike Large-billed Scrubwrens, they occur mainly as pairs and feed quietly on the forest floor. In this respect they are much more like White-browed Scrubwrens in habits, only much quieter and more unobtrusive. They also place their nests on or near the ground as well. Very little is known about their life history - such innocuous little birds attract little attention.


Photo: 946201

946201 ... Atherton Scrubwren.


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