White-browed Scrubwren

Common name
White-browed Scrubwren
Scientific name
Sericornis frontalis
Size – beak to tail
11 – 13 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Rainforest, open forest, woodlands and heaths.
White-browed Scrubwrens are mostly dark olive-brown above with a buff-grey throat, while the flanks, belly and rump are dull rufous. They have a distinctive white eyebrow that is more boldly marked in the male. Two small white flashes on the wings also help to identify this small bird from other little brown birds. It is a year-round resident.

Hidden amongst the denser undergrowth, the White-browed Scrubwren is often detected by the scolding call it makes when intruders enter its territory. It also has a pleasant territorial song that can be heard, at any time of year, when the birds are breeding. It is usually seen in pairs and stays in the same patch of vegetation. Usually feeds on invertebrates especially insects. May feed on seeds and fruit.