Striated Thornbill

Acanthiza lineata

The most arboreal of the thornbills and probably the most common in the forests surrounding the city, Striated Thornbills regularly pass through the suburbs. For those who know its rather simple call, it is relatively easy to find and identify. Moving constantly in small flocks through the tree canopy, Striated Thornbills can be more difficult to identify than other thornbills.

Numbers are quite regular, dropping to a slight low in September before climbing evenly to a peak in May. Abundance has varied greatly, with numbers in 1998 being much higher than in other years, while numbers in 1984 were very low. Nest building has been recorded in August 1999 and 2005, with the latest breeding records in January. R=43. BR=50.