Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis)

The Inland Thornbill bird, also known as the Orange Chat, is a small, brightly colored bird that is found in the arid regions of Australia. This bird gets its name from the thorn-like feather projections on its forehead. The Inland Thornbill is about 10-12cm in length and weighs around 12-15 grams.

The male Inland Thornbill is typically bright orange, with a white belly and a black tail. The female is slightly duller in color and has a brownish-gray head. The overall color of the bird helps it to blend in with its desert surroundings.

The Inland Thornbill feeds on insects and seeds, and is commonly found in arid shrublands, spinifex and eucalyptus woodlands, and grasslands. It has been known to travel long distances in search of food and water, and can survive without water for several days.

The Inland Thornbill is a gregarious bird, and can be found in small groups or flocks. Despite their small size, these birds have a loud and distinctive call that can be heard from a distance. They are also known for their acrobatic flying abilities, and can hover in mid-air while feeding on insects.

The breeding season for the Inland Thornbill varies depending on the location, but typically occurs from August to February. The female builds a small nest made of grass and spider webs, and lays 2-3 eggs at a time. The eggs hatch after about two weeks, and the young chicks are cared for by both parents.

The Inland Thornbill faces threats from habitat loss due to human development and intensification of agricultural practices. They are also vulnerable to predation by feral cats and foxes. Efforts are being made to conserve their habitats and protect the bird from threats, including creating protected areas where these birds can breed and nest undisturbed.

In conclusion, the Inland Thornbill is a colorful and fascinating bird that is well-suited to life in the harsh arid regions of Australia. With the right conservation efforts, we can ensure the survival of this unique species and help maintain the delicate balance of ecosystems in which they thrive.

Other names

Acanthiza apicalis



Inland Thornbill

acantiça cargolet



pjegavočela trnokljunka

střízlíkovec australský

Bredhalet Mejsesanger



Acanthize troglodyte


Beccospino interno


plačiauodegis spygliasnapis


buszówka szerokosterna


Широкохвостая шипоклювка

ostrozobka hnedochvostá

Acantiza apical


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