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ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

ATHERTON SCRUBWREN: Sericornis keri 13 cm

  • The Atherton Scrubwren is endemic to the Wet Tropics of Australia. It lives in upland areas, where it is the drab rainforest counterpart of the widely distributed White-browed Scrubwren.  

  •  When specimens of this bird were first examined, they were thought to be a typical Large-billed Scrubwren. It was not given a species status until it was rediscovered in 1964.
  • The easiest way of distinguishing between the two birds is by their behavioral traits.
  • It is largely terrestrial, both feeding and nesting on or near the ground.
  • It forages in the rainforest litter and low vegetation for insects and snails, usually in pairs or small groups.
  • Its breeding season is from September to January.
  • Two other Scrubwren species are commonly seen in the Wet Tropics, the Large-billed Scrubwren and the Yellow-throated Scrubwren.
  • A third species, the White-browed Scrubwren, is sometimes seen at the edge of the rainforest.               
  • The juvenile Atherton Scrubwren resembles the juvenile Fernwren.
  • They are often seen in the rainforest at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge .


Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tablelands
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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