Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is a small, lively, and agile bird that is native to Australia. It belongs to the family of thornbills, which are a group of small, insectivorous birds commonly found in woodlands, forests, and scrublands.

The Yellow-rumped Thornbill is a tiny bird, measuring only 10 cm in length and weighing about 7 grams. It has a blackish-brown dorsal plumage and yellow rump, back and wings. It also has an eye-stripe that extends to the side of the neck, and a thin black beak, which it uses to pick small insects off the leaves and branches of trees.

These birds are incredibly sociable; they are often seen flying in groups, feeding on insects, and communicating with each other with high-pitched and sweet calls. They are also active and agile, moving along the branches of trees and shrubs quickly in search of their next meal.

Yellow-rumped Thornbills breed between August and January, with peak activity in October and November. They build their nests close to the ground, usually in low bushes or small trees, using grass, bark, and spiderwebs. The female bird lays two to four eggs, which hatch after 14 days. The chicks are fed insects by both parents and leave the nest after 14 days.

These birds are widespread throughout most parts of Australia, except for the inland deserts. They are most commonly found in open forests, shrublands, and mallee woodlands throughout the southern part of the country. However, their populations have been decreasing, primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation.

In conclusion, the Yellow-rumped Thornbill is a fascinating and delightful bird that plays an important role in Australia’s ecosystem. Its social behavior, agility, and beautiful markings make it a pleasure to watch in the wild. However, it is important to conserve their habitats, so we can continue to enjoy and appreciate their presence for generations to come.

Other names

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa



Yellow-rumped Thornbill

acantiça de carpó groc



biserastočela trnokljunka

střízlíkovec žlutokostřecový

Gulgumpet Mejsesanger



Acanthize à croupion jaune


Beccospino groppagialla


geltonsturplis spygliasnapis


buszówka żółtorzytna


Желтопоясничная шипоклювка

ostrozobka lúčna

Acantiza culigualda

gulgumpad taggnäbb

Sarı Belli Dikengaga

шиподзьоб жовтогузий

aranyhátú tüskecsőr