Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana)

The Yellow Thornbill bird, also known as Acanthiza nana, is an adorable little passerine bird that belongs to the thornbill family of birds. It is the smallest thornbill bird species, measuring only about 9-11 centimeters in length and weighing just 6-10 grams. These small birds are found across much of eastern Australia, from north Queensland in the north all the way to Victoria in the south.

Yellow Thornbills are primarily insectivores and feed on a variety of small insects, spiders, and other arthropods. They use their long, thin bills to probe and pick at leaves, bark, and crevices in search of food. These birds are incredibly active and are always on the move, making quick, darting movements to capture their prey.

Yellow Thornbills are known for their bright yellow plumage, which covers their belly and flanks. Their wings and back are mostly gray-brown, while their head is gray with a distinctive black mask across their eyes. The males and females look similar, but males often have a brighter yellow coloration and sharper black mask.

These birds are highly social and often form small flocks of up to ten individuals that will forage together. They are also known for their beautiful singing voice, which is a high-pitched, non-stop warble that can be heard all year round. Yellow Thornbills build their nests in trees and shrubs, using spider webs and moss to construct a tightly woven, cup-shaped nest.

Despite their small size, Yellow Thornbills play a vital role in the ecosystem as pollinators and pest controllers. These birds are known for their ability to control populations of small insect pests, making them an important ally of gardeners and farmers. Despite their tiny size, Yellow Thornbills are a beloved part of the Australian birdlife and are cherished by birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.

Other names

Acanthiza nana



Yellow Thornbill

acantiça daurada



žuta trnokljunka

střízlíkovec žlutý

Gulbuget Mejsesanger

Gele Doornsnavel


Acanthize nain


Beccospino giallo


geltonasis spygliasnapis


buszówka żółtobrzucha


Малая шипоклювка

Žuta trnokljunka

ostrozobka žltobruchá

Acantiza enana

gul taggnäbb

Sarı Dikengaga

шиподзьоб малий

sárga ausztrálposzáta