Scrub-wren.JPG (53135 bytes)White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis): is a small bird, 110-135 millimetres long. Birds have a narrow mask that is black from beak to eye with a white eyebrow above and silvery-white whisker below. Eyes are pale and there is a blackish mark on shoulders with a white check pattern.

White-browed Scrubwrens usually live in dense forest, woodland, scrub and undergrowth. They will also live in parks and gardens as long as there are dense shrubberies for their protection. We have a population that live in our gardens and around the house.

The nest is an untidy, domed structure consisting of loosely woven grasses, twigs and leaves. Nests are usually well hidden. Eggs are 2-3, oval, grey-white to very pale buff with blotches of dull brown to purplish brown.

Our Scrubwrens have nested in potted plants beside our back door and amongst plant tubes in our propagating structure.

White-browed Scrubwrens are found along the coast and ranges of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, including Kangaroo Island. The species is also found in south-west Western Australia.