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Male Superb Fairy Wren.
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) - also loves insects
The Striated Thornbill can be distinguished from the similarly sized and shaped Brown Thornbill, A. pusilla, by its orange-brown cap streaked with white and by black streaking on its yellow-white underparts. In January this year we brought you a page of those Brown Thornbills found happy in the trees beside the yellow brick road at Avalon. It also has a thinner, higher pitched call than the Brown Thornbill and is more commonly found higher in trees. The Striated Thornbill pictured here (below right) was photographed at Ingleside and is found only in the south-eastern mainland of Australia from southern Queensland to eastern South Australia.
They live in open forests and woodlands, mainly those dominated by eucalypts, with a well-developed understorey. They are sometimes seen in parks and gardens, preferring areas that are more than ten years old and can also be common in agricultural areas, particularly in areas with remnant patches or tree corridors near forests or woodlands.
The Striated Thornbill feeds mainly on insects, but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit. They mainly feed in trees in small flocks, but may sometimes feed on the ground. Will be seen feeding in mixed flocks with other small insect-eating birds. Striated Thornbills may be important in reducing psyllid infestations after Bell Miners (which 'farm' the psyllids) have been removed from an area.
The Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) is a passerine bird usually found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It can grow up to 10 cm long, and feeds on insects but may sometimes eat seeds, nectar or fruit.
They feed, mainly in pairs, at all levels from the ground up, but mostly in understorey shrubs and low trees. Will feed in mixed flocks with other thornbills out of breeding season.
The one pictured below was photographed beside the Careel Creek, which has been restored through local bushcare volunteers.
- The nectar of native trees and bushes. Plant flowering trees that are native to your area, eucalypts such as swamp mahogany, angophoras, spotted gums or ti-trees. They like a variety of foods so give yourself a variety of plants and native grasses. Silvereyes love Figs, Lillipillies, Bluebuerry, Ash and Walking stick Palm, which provide them with shelter and protection too.
- Finches eat the seeds from mature native grasses such as Wallaby Grass, Red Fruited Saw Sedge, Tussock Grass, Kangaroo Grass, Wiry Panic, Basket Grass, Wire Grass, Plumegrass, Hedgehog Grass and Weeping Grass.
- Plump, juicy insects and bugs. Offer a feast of bugs and insects by mulching your gardens well and leaving a bit of leaf litter under your trees and bushes. These birds love to eat all of the critters that live in your mulch like earthworms and grubs or up in your trees, like spiders and moths.
- Clean water. Keep a bird bath in your garden for small birds to drink and bathe in. Keep the water is clean and locate it above the ground so they feel safe from predators. Bird baths should be shallow enough to allow birds to stand in them to clean their feathers. It’s also helpful to choose baths that have sloping sides or to put stones at the edge to provide gradual access to the water. It may also be a good idea to have two sources, or bird baths, in your garden and these need to be located where the birds will feel safe or able to escape quickly if startled. Bird baths or ponds (preferably multiple drinking sites) can dart for cover in an adjacent “prickly” bush if placed so they are little bird friendly.
- Give your little birds a safe path to travel around your garden between their treetop homes and the ground. Along with your taller native trees, plant soft shrubs about 1-2 m high, surrounded by bushes the same height that are a bit more spiky and protective. Add small shrubs for food and shelter, and plant mixed native grasses and ground cover so that there are plenty of insects for Silvereyes to eat.
- Open grasslands or lawn without any trees or bushes to hide in.
- Predators like cats, and birds of prey like hawks.
- Gardens with only a few types of plants. They like a variety of foods.
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