Tasmanian thornbill

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Tasmanian thornbill
Acanthiza ewingii.jpg
Acanthiza ewingii at Risdon Brook Dam, Tasmania, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acanthizidae
Genus: Acanthiza
Species: A. ewingii
Binomial name
Acanthiza ewingii
Gould, 1844[2]

The Tasmanian thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii) is a small brown bird only found in Tasmania and the islands in the Bass Strait. It is a common bird in these regions, often found in rainforests, wet forests, and scrublands.[3] It occurs exclusively in cold and wet areas.[4] Its diet revolves primarily around small insects, which it scrounges up and feeds on close to the ground.[3]

Averaging 10 centimeters in length, the Tasmanian thornbill is a small bird. Primarily light brown in coloration, the bird has a white undertail and a grey-streaked breast.[4] There is no significant coloration or size differentiation between sexes.[3]

The Tasmanian thornbill has been assessed as a secure species, and its current status is listed as "Least Concern".[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Acanthiza ewingii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ ITIS: Tasmanian Thornbill.
  3. ^ a b c "Tasmanian Thornbill." Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service. 22 June 2007. Accessed: 18 July 2007. URL: [1]
  4. ^ a b "The Endemic Birds of Tasmania." Thomas, D.G. 1972. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 8 December 2006. Accessed: 18 July 2007. URL: [2]