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Pair of scrub wrens444.jpg
A female (left) white-browed scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) sings to its mate
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acanthizidae
Genus: Sericornis
Gould, 1838

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Sericornis is a genus of small, mainly insectivorous birds, the scrubwrens. They are placed in the family Acanthizidae which was included in the Pardalotidae in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy. However, this placement was always controversial and indeed has since turned out to be false.

Despite the similarity in shape and habits, the true wrens (Troglodytidae) are a quite unrelated group of passerines.

Sericornis contains the following species and notable[verification needed] subspecies:


  • Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-42-2