General Description

Large thornbill with a short tail and slender bill. Head, crown and forehead black with white spots. Olive brown or grey above; cream below, with a bright yellow patch on the rump. White stripe above eye; dark around eye. 11 cm long, with a wingspan of 17.5 cm.


Yellow-rumped Thornbills forage on the ground in small, often mixed flocks. They move along the ground with a hopping gait. Their song is described as merry, lively and pretty. They are largely insectivores but occasionally also eat seeds.


Southern and Central Australia.


Varied open habitats, including open woodlands, shrublands, dominated by eucalypts or acacias.

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