Other Names: White Browed Scrub Wren
Family: Pardalotidae (Pardalotes, Bristlebirds, Scrubwrens, Thornbills and allies, 30 species in Australia)
Size: 11-14 cm
Distribution: Within about 100-300 km of the coasts of NSW, VIC, SA, Southern WA and QLD, all of TAS
Habitat: Dense undergrowth all altitudes, saltmarshes, heaths, urban
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The White-browed Scrubwren is almost always found on the ground. It can be quite friendly and not concerned about coming close to people, although I haven't managed to take a clear photograph of one yet.
The white marks under and above the eye (which is yellow) help to identify it.
Photo: Glenbrook NP, Blue Mountains NSW.
Photo: Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens, Blue Mountains NSW.
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW.
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