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Weebill

(Smicrornis brevirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Scrub-tit", "Tree-tit", "Brown Weebill", "Yellow Weebill", "Short-billed Scrub-tit"
Aboriginal name(s): "kiderbot" (WA)

Size: 8.5-9.5 cm
Weight: 4-8 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Weebill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "brevirostris"

Close-up frontal view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Dripping Rock, near Maules Creek, NSW, October 2012]

Frontal view of a Weebill
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, August 2011]

Different posture of the same Weebill as shown above
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, August 2011]

"Head-on" view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of R. Druce)
[Dripping Rock, near Maules Creek, NSW, October 2012]

Near-lateral view of a Weebill
[February 2008]

Lateral view of a Weebill
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, October 2013]

Lateral view of a Weebill launching itself into the air
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, October 2013]

Dorsal view of a Weebill looking back
[Bugilbone, NSW, December 2015]

Immature Weebill foraging on its own; this bird was seen and heard around our place for several weeks, always alone; its calls were recorded on 7 February 2015
[Eulah Creek, February 2015]

Two fledgling Weebills waiting to be fed
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, June 2008]

Two fledgling Weebills waiting to be fed
[Bullawa Creek SCA, NSW, June 2008]

Race "occidentalis"

Frontal view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Frontal view of a Weebill
[Arkaroola, SA, March 2008]

Near-frontal view of a Weebill
[Arkaroola, SA, March 2008]

Near-lateral view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Weebill looking down
[Arkaroola, SA, March 2008]

Lateral view of a Weebill with its head turned towards the observer
[Arkaroola, SA, March 2008]

Lateral view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Koondoola Reserve, Perth, WA, July 2016]

Race "flavescens"

Frontal view of a Weebill
[Fogg Dam CR, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Weebill
[Near Tibooburra, NSW, September 2012]

Lateral view of a Weebill hanging off the end of a branch
[Near Tibooburra, NSW, September 2012]

The same Weebill as above, trying to reach something sitting on the branch
[Near Tibooburra, NSW, September 2012]

Near-dorsal view of a Weebill (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, August 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial?/ roaming? Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Family clan

Food, Diet

Weebills forage through the foliage in the crowns of trees for small insects.

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.

weebill_20140929.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact calls(?) © MD
weebill_20141002_3.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact call? © MD
weebill_20140110_3.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact call? (partial) © MD
weebill_20140319.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Contact call? © MD
weebill_20170920.m4a brevirostris
(W NSW)
Contact calls (Q&A) © MD
weebill_20140207.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Feeding calls © MD
weebill_20150207.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Immature foraging © MD
weebill_20170920_2.m4a brevirostris
(W NSW)
Various © MD
weebill_20140110_4.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
weebill_20161119.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
weebill_20161119_2.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
weebill_20150214.mp3 brevirostris
(NW NSW)
? (Immature) © MD
 
weebill_jg_20160710.mp3 occidentalis
(SW WA)
Contact call(?) © JG
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