Also known by its scientific name, Acanthiza pusilla, is a common local thornbill found throughout the box-ironbark country and beyond. They prefer somewhat denser habitat than their relatives – medium-sized shrubs such as Golden Wattle, Hedge Wattle and Coffee-bush are typical micro-habitats favoured by Brown Thornbills.
I’ve often wondered about their scientific name – a little research reveals that Acanthiza is from the Greek akantheōn thorn-brake and zaō to inhabit, while pusilla is from the Latin pusillus tiny, very small.
I think the term thorn-brake is referring to dense, prickly vegetation – certainly appropriate for Acanthiza pusilla. The rich, warbling calls of this individual alerted me to its presence feeding among some Golden Wattles.