Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (species: Acanthiza (Acanthiza) uropygialis) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Acanthiza (Acanthiza) uropygialis
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

©David Cook: Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) uropygialis)

©David Cook: Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) uropygialis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae
Genus Acanthiza
Species Acanthiza (Acanthiza) uropygialis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a brown forehead, speckled with white.  It has a white front, graduating to a light chestnut colour on the abdomen and to a more obvious chestnut colour on the rump.  The back and upper side of the wings are darker.  It has pale rufous edges to the wing feathers.  The tail feathers are dark with white at the tips.

The legs and beak are dark grey and the iris is white.


  • Up to 10 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They inhabit dry woodlands, mallee, and mulga. (Simpson and Day). 

Audio recordings


Bird singing in coastal scrub at Quobba Station, Quobba in Australia

© Matthias Feuersenger

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