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Yellow-throated Scrubwren

(Sericornis citreogularis)
< Alternate name(s): "Devil-bird", "Blacknest-bird"
Size: 12-14 cm
Weight: 14-22 g

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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 Yellow-throated Scrubwren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "citreogularis"

ADULT

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Lateral view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren in rainforest with very little undergrowth
[Wingham Brush NR, NSW, September 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a fledgling Yellow-throated Scrubwren
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Fledgling Yellow-throated Scrubwren that needed to stretch its legs
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, January 2011]

Race "intermedius"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, August 2013]

Near-frontal view of a male(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren
[Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, July 2017]

Near-lateral view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, April 2013]

Close-up lateral view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Dorsal view of a Yellow-throated Scrubwren
[Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, May 2014]

Female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren on the point of landing (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, November 2013]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jul - Feb Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 21 days Fledging age: ?

The breeding season listed in the table above is a core period. Depending on geographical latitude and on circumstances, Yellow-throated Scrubwrens can, in principle, breed at any time of year.

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

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

Type: Domed hanging bottle Material: Rootlets, moss, lichen, ferns Height above ground: 1.5 - ? m

Near-frontal view of a female(?) Yellow-throated Scrubwren bringing material for its nest
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2015]

This is the nest that the Yellow-throated Scrubwren shown above was working on
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, August 2015]

Yellow-throated Scrubwren about 1.5 m above the ground; at the time the photo was taken, this nest was not in use
[Dorrigo NP, NSW, March 2015]

Eggs

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

Size: 25 x 18 mm Colour: Creamy, with some light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Food, Diet

Yellow-throated Scrubwrens forage through leaf litter in dense forest or tree bark 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.

ytscrwr_20140522_1.mp3 intermedius
(SE QLD)
Q&A © MD
ytscrwr_20140522_3.mp3 intermedius
(SE QLD)
Annoyed call © MD
ytscrwr_20140522.mp3 intermedius
(SE QLD)
Foraging (with Australian Brush-turkey) © MD

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