Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Common name
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Scientific name
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Size – beak to tail
11 – 13 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Open habitats such as woodlands, forests, shrubland and grasslands with some trees.
The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is the largest of the thornbills and has a stunning yellow rump, which shows a flash of  yellow, contrasting with the black white-tipped tail,  when they fly. A white eye-brow and black crown with white spots is also a useful aid to identification. A pretty tinkling cyclical call may be the first indication of the presence of these birds.

They prefer to be near trees or bushes, but spend much of their time feeding on the ground. Look for them in short grass, such as on the football ground or around the Caravan Park. They are usually found in small flocks, often with other insectivorous ground birds. The nest is a dome hanging in drooping foliage and usually has a “false nest” in the form of a cupped depression on the top. They feed on insects and occasionally seeds.