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Large-billed Scrubwren

(Sericornis magnirostris)
Size: 12-13 cm
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Large-billed Scrubwren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "magnirostris"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Large-billed Scrubwren (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, May 2013]

Lateral view of a Large-billed Scrubwren in dense undergrowth
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Near-lateral view of a Large-billed Scrubwren stretching its wings (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Tamborine NP, QLD, May 2014]

Lateral view of a Large-billed Scrubwren (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, May 2013]

View from above onto a Large-billed Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Springbrook NP, QLD, July 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Large-billed Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Springbrook NP, QLD, May 2014]

Partly obscured dorsal view of a Large-billed Scrubwren
[Tamborine NP, QLD, May 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jun - Oct Eggs: 3 - 4 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

Nest

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

Type: Domed hanging basket Material: Rootlets, vines, moss, lichen, webs Height above ground: 1 - 5? m

Large-billed Scrubwren nest seen from underneath (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, August 2016]

Here one of the owners of the Large-billed Scrubwren nest shown above (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, August 2016]

Eggs

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

Size: 19 x 15 mm Colour: Off-white, with some light-brown speckles, plus lots of dark-grey spots near thick end Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Large-billed Scrubwrens are rarely found on the ground, but instead prefer to be on tree trunks or vines of the lower to middle storey.

Frontal view of a preening Large-billed Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Tamborine NP, QLD, May 2014]

Large-billed Scrubwren preening while perching on a vine
[Tamborine NP, NSW, May 2013]

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.

The identification of the call below is not 100% certain.

lbscrwr_art_20131125_2.mp3 magnirostris
(SE QLD)
Contact call? © ART
lbscrwr_art_20131125.mp3 magnirostris
(SE QLD)
Pair Q&A © ART
lbscrwr_20140524.mp3 magnirostris
(SE QLD)
Q&A © MD
lbscrwr_20140520.mp3 magnirostris
(N NSW)
Alarm call(?) © MD
lbscrwr_20140520_2.mp3 magnirostris
(N NSW)
? © MD
lbscrwr_20140520_4.mp3 magnirostris
(N NSW)
? © MD
lbscrwr_20140520_5.mp3 magnirostris
(N NSW)
? © MD
lbscrwr_20140520_7.mp3 magnirostris
(N NSW)
? © MD

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