White-browed Scrubwren - Sericornis frontalis

White-browed Scrubwren

Sericornis frontalis

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
Status: Common
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.

White-browed Scrubwren - Sericornis frontalis
Photo: Glenbrook NP, Blue Mountains NSW.

White-browed Scrubwren - Sericornis frontalis
Photo: Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens, Blue Mountains NSW.

White-browed Scrubwren - Sericornis frontalis
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW.

Some Birdwatching Resources


The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. This is the other of the two best bird field guides for Australia. It is the one preferred by many serious birdwatchers. However I find the pictures a bit dull looking for my taste — the birds all kind of look the same to me, making it harder to remember them in my mind. The illustrations are meant to be the most anatomically correct, though. The text descriptions are better than in Simpson and Day. If you want the most serious bird field guide get this one otherwise get Simpson and Day.

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 9th ed. from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to preorder the 9th ed. from Amazon


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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