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Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

MOUNTAIN THORNBILL: Acanthiza katherina

  • The Mountain Thornbill is endemic to the Wet Tropics region.

  • It is restricted to upland rainforests, where it  forages about the foliage of trees and shrubs.

  • Its calls and behaviour are similar to the drab northern counterpart of the Brown Thornbill.

  • The Mountain Thornbill was earlier regarded as a subspecies of the Brown
    Thornbill, but then distinguished as a separate species in 1969. The most tangible
    difference between the two species is the distinctive white eyes of the Mountain

  • Its breeding season is from August to February / March.

  • The nest is a compact dome shape made from fine grasses and fibres and decorated with mosses and
    lichens on the outside. It was not until 1971 when the nest was first discovered, and eggs were not described until a few years later.

  • It is moderately common round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge but is most
    numerous in the highest uplands.


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