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Slaty-backed Thornbill

(Acanthiza robustirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Robust Thornbill", "Thick-billed Thornbill", "Robust-billed Thornbill"
Size: 9-10 cm
Weight: 5-7 g


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Slaty-backed Thornbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown

Near-lateral view of a Slaty-backed(?) Thornbill; the dark iris excludes Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, while the absence of frontal streaking excludes Inland Thornbill (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Alice Springs, NT, June 2023]

Food, Diet

To the best of our knowledge all thornbills feed primarily on small insects.

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