Eastern Bristlebird (species: Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus) in Mebbin NP (Gaia Guide)
Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus
Eastern Bristlebird

©David Cook: Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus)

©David Cook: Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus)

©David Cook: Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Dasyornithidae
Genus Dasyornis
Species Dasyornis (Dasyornis) brachypterus
Status endangered



Distinguishing features

It has brown upperparts and and a rufous-brown area on each folded wing. Plumage around the eyes and at the base of the bill is pale, as is the chin and throat.  Its underparts are a grey/brown colour and the middle of the belly is off-white.

It has reddish-brown irises, an off-white to pinkish-white gape, and pinkish-brown legs and feet.

The sexes are similar, with females being a little smaller than males.

Juveniles are similar to the adults, but are distinguished at close range by having brown  irises and a yellow gape.


  • From 18 cm to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, and temperate grassland. (Wikipedia)

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