Fairy-wrens and Thornbills

Fairy-wrens and Thornbills Photographed in Forest, Woodland and Shrubland Habitats

The gallery features images of two fairey-wren endemics, belonging to the Maluridae family, that I photographed in shrubland habitat.

I photographed Australian and New Zealand endemic thornbills, from the Acanthizidae family, in forest and shrubland habitat.

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Fairy-wren and Thornbill Notes

All the species shown in the gallery are currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’. Apart from the endemic New Zealand grey gerygone all other species displayed in the gallery are endemic to Australia.

All fairy-wrens exhibit plumage dimorphism; the gallery displays images of male, female and immature superb fairy-wrens.

None of the thornbill images exhibit plumage dimorphism although some species such as the white-browed scrubwren exhibit size dimorphism, the female being slightly smaller.

Fairy-wrens and Thornbills Behaviour

Fairy-wren and Thornbill Behaviour Notes

Short fairy-wrens behaviour photo essay: At the Boonoorong hide in The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary a male and female fairy- wrens were flying vigorously against the glass. This could be defensive behaviour caused by the birds seeing reflections in the window glass, it was very dark inside the hide. After visiting the Chechingurk Hide and returning to the Boonoorong Hide, the fairy wrens were still flying vigorously against the glass. The female collapsed, nine seconds later the male collapsed, after another five seconds both seemed to recover were up and flying again. The scratched and dirty glass has resulted in inferior quality images, included to show what I’ve called thrashing behaviour probably from image reflection in the window glass.

Thornbill images of a large-billed scrubwren feeding on tree-trunk insects. A yellow-throated scrubwren active nest where an adult was entering the nest from a hole in the bottom; too dark and fast to capture.