Inland Thornbill (species: Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis
Inland Thornbill

©Peter Jacobs: Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis)

©David Cook: Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis), Mutawintji National Park, NSW, Australia

©Ian Sutton: Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae
Genus Acanthiza
Species Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Its forehead is a grey-brown with white crescents.  The crown and back are olive-brown. It has a distinctive red-brown rump.  Its underparts are very pale, with black streaking on the neck and chest.  Its iris is red.


  • Up to 10 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) apicalis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in most forested areas but is reliant on dense undergrowth.  It is typically found in the lower vegetation layer.

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