Yellow-rumped Thornbill (species: Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa
Yellow-rumped Thornbill

©Leo: Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa)

©Leo: Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa)

©Leo: Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae
Genus Acanthiza
Species Acanthiza (Acanthiza) chrysorrhoa
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a short tail and a long slender bill. The species has a distinctive yellow rump, a black forehead with white spots, grey head and neck, a white line above the eye and white throat. The belly is white with light buff below the wings. The wings are grey and the tail is black. The plumage varies somewhat dependent of subspecies. (Wikipedia)


  • From 9.5 cm to 12 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The species has a wide distribution across western, southern and eastern Australia as well as Tasmania; it is absent from the north coast of Western Australia, parts of central Australia, northern Queensland and central and northern Northern Territory. The species inhabits a wide range of habitats, including open forest and woodland, grasslands, savannah as scrubland. (Wikipedia)

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Recorded at Grenfell in Australia

© Nigel Jackett


They are typically found in small flocks, foraging on or near the ground.


The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is insectivorous; major prey items include ants, beetles, bugs and lerps. Other items eaten include spiders, flies and seeds. (Wikipedia)

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