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Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

(Acanthiza uropygialis)
Alternate name(s): "Chestnut-tailed Thornbill", "Chestnut-rumped Tit", "Chestnut-rumped Tit-Warbler"
Size: 9-10 cm

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Chestnut-rumped Thornbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Frontal view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, September 2007]

Close-up lateral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Round Hill NP, Mt. Hope, NSW, September 2010]

Lateral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Flinders Ranges NP, March 2008]

Lateral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, June 2008]

Slightly different angle, showing more of the chestnut-coloured rump of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, June 2008]

Lateral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wave Rock, near Hyden, WA, March 2017]

Near-lateral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, with a clear view of its rump
[Flinders Ranges NP, March 2008]

Near-dorsal view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Flinders Ranges NP, March 2008]

Near-ventral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2014]

Ventral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, June 2008]

Ventral view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Gnoocardup, WA, December 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Chestnut-rumped Thornbill; this is the juvenile whose calls were recorded on 27 November 2014
[Bullawa Creek SCA, 15 km East of Narrabri, NSW, in November 2014]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Chestnut-rumped Thornbill; this is the juvenile whose calls were recorded on 27 November 2014
[Bullawa Creek SCA, 15 km East of Narrabri, NSW, in November 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a juvenile Chestnut-rumped Thornbill; note the characteristic russet mantle and tail feathers; this is the juvenile whose calls were recorded on 27 November 2014
[Bullawa Creek SCA, 15 km East of Narrabri, NSW, in November 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Dec Eggs: 2 - 4 Incubation period: 18 days Fledging age: ca. 14 - 21 days

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Dome Material: Bark, grass, fur, feathers Height above ground: ?

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill collecting nesting material
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2011]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 16 x 12 mm Colour: White, with mid-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Like other insect hunters, Chestnut-rumped Thornbills usually try to move as little as possible while searching for prey. They will turn their entire body only when necessary.

Frontal view of a Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, looking forward (left panel), to the right (central panel) and right back (right panel)
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2014]

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, now after turning around entirely
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2014]

Food, Diet

Like several other species of the Acanthiza family, Chestnut-rumped Thornbills hunt for small insects in low shrubs and bushes.

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill with its next meal (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Currawinya NP, October 2008]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

crthbil_20150423.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls(?) © MD
crthbil_20141127.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crthbil_20141127_2.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crthbil_20141127_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crthbil_20160703.mp3 (NW NSW) Various © MD
crthbil_20141127_j.mp3 (NW NSW) Various (juvenile) © MD

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