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Inland Thornbill

(Acanthiza apicalis)
Alternate name(s): "Broad-tailed Thornbill"
Aboriginal name(s): "djoolbedjoolbong" (WA)

Size: 9.5-10.5 cm
Weight: 7 g (average)

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Inland Thornbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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Race "apicalis"

ADULT

Frontal view of an Inland Thornbill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wave Rock, near Hyden, WA, March 2017]

Near-frontal view of an Inland Thornbill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Inland Thornbill drinking water from a leaking storage tank
[Flinders Ranges NP, SA, March 2008]

Pair of Inland Thornbill in a shrub (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Balingup, WA, May 2016]

Race "albiventris"

ADULT

MALE

Male Inland Thornbill courting a female at the end of winter
[Near Narrabri, NSW, ca. 2008]

Male Inland Thornbill singing
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2011]

Sex undetermined

Frontal view of an Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2011]

Frontal view of an Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

Near-frontal view of an Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2011]

Inland Thornbill, different perspective
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2011]

Lateral view of an Inland Thornbill
[Dandry Gorge AA, NSW, June 2016]

Ventral view of an Inland Thornbill; one can see clearly the striated face, throat and breast

Near-lateral view of an Inland Thornbill; note the dark legs

Different near-lateral view of an Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2014]

Lateral view of an Inland Thornbill

Close-up lateral view of an Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2011]

Here a close-up view of an Inland Thornbill's underside
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2011]

Near-dorsal view of an Inland Thornbill
[The Drip Gorge, Goulburn River NP, NSW, December 2015]

Dorsal view of an Inland Thornbill, giving a clear view of the deep-brown rump
[Near Narrabri, NSW, ca. 2008]

This photo shows all the characteristic features of an Inland Thornbill in one go: Striated front, deep-brown rump, red eyes and dark legs
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Inland Thornbill issuing its call
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, August 2013]

Inland Thornbill hovering in front of a branch from which it then picked a small insect, possibly an aphid
[August 2008]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature Inland Thornbill (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Terry Hie Hie, NSW, October 2013]

Frontal view of a fledgling Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]

Lateral view of a fledgling Inland Thornbill
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]

Race "whitlocki"

ADULT

Frontal view of an Inland Thornbill "whitlocki"
[Gammon Ranges NP, SA, March 2008]

Lateral view of an Inland Thornbill "whitlocki"
[Gammon Ranges NP, SA, March 2008]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Family clan

Inland Thornbills are gregarious birds; although territorial with respect to others of their own species, they are seen by us regularly together with other species of thornbills.

Food, Diet

Like several other species of the Acanthiza family, Inland Thornbills hunt for small insects in low shrubs and bushes. Seen by us also hunting insects in flight.

Inland Thornbill with its prey, probably a psyllid; this bird was observed feeding the fledgling shown above
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]

This Inland Thornbill looks like it has a lerp in its bill; this bird was observed feeding the fledgling shown above
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2011]

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.

inthbil_20140328.mp3 albiventris
(NW NSW)
Contact call? © MD
inthbil_20150914.mp3 albiventris
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls? © MD
inthbil_20140110_2.mp3 albiventris
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
inthbil_20140110.mp3 albiventris
(NW NSW)
? © MD

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