Here is a line-up of our local thornbills … all five species, with a brief summary of spotting characters to help separate what can sometimes be a confounding group.
Brown Thornbill – one of only two locals with streaked underparts, the brick-red iris, scalloped chestnut crown and brown rump are prominent.
Striated Thornbill – also with streaked underparts but distinctive fine white streaks on the crown and a dark iris.
Buff-rumped Thornbill – pale iris is a tell-tale sign as is the pale rump.
Yellow Thornbill – the least marked of the local thornbills … the streaked ear coverts stand out as does the contrasting pale orange throat.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill – bold white spots on the crown and a bright yellow rump.