Australian Thornbills – Bird Photos of Thornbills

Australia has twelve species of Thornbill. They can be found all over Australia with some species like the Slaty-backed and Inland preferring the dry mulga habitat where the Brown and Yellow can be found on the East Coast in eucalypt forest. There are a few species that are only found in a specific region such as the Tasmanian Thornbill of Tasmania , The Mountain Thornbill of NE Queensland and the Western Thornbill of SW Western Australia.

Thornbills feed in small family groups and often travel from tree to tree in the search of insects. They can often be heard as they chatter to one another as they feed. Identification can often be tricky with a few species which are similar in appearance.

I have only seen 5 species of Thornbill so far and am lucky to have at least 3 species frequent my front yard. I will endeavour to photograph more species and will add them to this post as I do.

Brown Thornbill

Brown Thornbill - Bangalee, NSW

Brown Thornbill – Acanthiza pusilla Bangalee, NSW

The Brown Thornbill is common along the East Coast of Australia and is common amongst the eucalypt forest and coastal areas here on the South Coast.

Striated Thornbill

Striated Thornbill, Acanthiza lineata - Bangalee, NSW

Striated Thornbill, Acanthiza lineata – Bangalee, NSW

The Striated Thornbill is a very attractive thornbill with its beautiful face markings that set it apart from the similar Brown Thornbill. Not as common as the Brown but still relatively common in suitable habitat. I have seen them at Barren Grounds and Bangalee, NSW.

Yellow Thornbill

Yellow Thornbill, Acanthiza nana - Bangalee, NSW

Yellow Thornbill, Acanthiza nana – Bangalee, NSW

The Yellow Thornbill is an attractive Thornbill with its bright yellow plumage. It really does stand out amongst the foliage and a great bird to have around. Another common bird found on the East Coast.

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill-Acanthiza uropygialis-Hay, NSW

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill-Acanthiza uropygialis-Hay, NSW

The Chestnut-rumped Thornbill is common in the drier parts of Australia. I saw it from Yass through  to Gluepot in South Australia.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Yellow-rumped-Thornbill-Acanthiza chrysorrhoa-Pyree,NSW

Yellow-rumped-Thornbill-Acanthiza chrysorrhoa-Pyree,NSW

Another common Thornbill on the East Coast. They seem to like feeding on the ground and that is often where you will see them.

The remaining Thornbills I am yet to see are

  • Inland Thornbill, Acanthiza apicalis
  • Tasmanian Thornbill, Acanthiza ewingii
  • Western Thornbill, Acanthiza inornata
  • Slender-billed Thornbill, Acanthiza iredalei
  • Mountain Thornbill, Acanthiza katherina
  • Buff-rumped Thornbill, Acanthiza reguloides
  • Slaty-backed Thornbill, Acanthiza robustirostris