Weebills are a feature of our garden year round.
These tiny insectivores are related to the thornbills – both are in the family Acanthizidae, but the Weebill is of a different genus, Smicrornis, rather than Acanthiza to which the various thornbills belong.
Weebills could easily be described as nondescript, that is until you hear their powerful call … for such a small bird they have a mighty voice.
Their short bill is ideally for prising small insects off the surface of leaves or from fissures in the bark of eucalypts and wattles. In the garden their preferences are more diverse – I often spy them searching for insects in our Black Mulberry, or amongst the Buddleias.