Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Inland Thornbill - Acanthiza apicalis

Inland Thornbills have a very striking streak through their feathers. Known elsewhere as a broadtail thornbill this little character is a very interesting bird. It is only 8cm tall but looks much larger in the photo as I had filled the frame when taking the photograph. During today's encounter, this little bird was not shy at all and came right up towards the camera.

Not much is known about this bird. However, from my own observations, it is a classification of red-eye thornbills. It is only just visible from the photo below but probably important for researchers to note. This may also be a hybridised species local to this region, as the others closer to the coastal fringes of Australia don't exhibit the striation effect through their feathers. But sometimes do across their wings.

If there is one thing that I have learned from this experience it is that there are still many things in Australia that are still undiscovered by science. Still, to this day I am learning something, or discovering something new every day.

Tags: acanthiza apicalis, australian birds, inland thornbill
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