As a follow-up to my previous post, this completes the full set of ‘garden’ thornbills likely to be seen in downtown Newstead.
The Striated Thornbill is a tiny bird, of similar size to the Yellow Thornbill, but smaller than both Brown and Yellow-rumped Thornbills. It has a pale iris, fine streaking on a chestnut crown, underparts and ear coverts. It can be confused with the Brown Thornbill – eye colour and crown streaking are the clinchers.
We have one further local species, the Buff-rumped Thornbill. It’s pretty much restricted to our surrounding forests and woodlands, where it favours areas with a tussock grass understorey. I’ve never spotted it in town.