Scrubtit (Acanthornis magna)

The Scrubtit bird is a small passerine bird that belongs to the family Acanthizidae. It is endemic to Australia, found primarily in Tasmania and Victoria. It is a tiny bird, measuring only about 9 cm in length and weighing around 7 grams. The male and female Scrubtit are similar in appearance, with a distinctive dark-grey head and a brown body. It has a short and straight bill, dark eyes, and short wings.

The Scrubtit is generally found in dense undergrowth and scrubland, and is often seen in pairs or small groups. It is a territorial bird and fiercely defends its nesting site. Its diet is primarily insect-based, feeding on a range of insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates.

The Scrubtit is known for its highly vocal nature. It is a very vocal bird, emitting a range of calls and songs. The song of the Scrubtit is a complex and melodious sequence of various notes, which has been described as a 'tinkly warble'. The call of the bird is a sharp and high-pitched 'tzeet'.

The Scrubtit has been classified as a species of 'Least Concern' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, its population is believed to be declining, primarily due to habitat destruction and fragmentation caused by urbanization and agriculture. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the habitats of this tiny bird and prevent its numbers from declining further.

The Scrubtit is a beautiful and fascinating bird that is an integral part of the Australian ecosystem. It is a testament to the diversity and richness of the Australian avifauna, and a reminder of the importance of protecting the habitats of these delicate creatures.

Other names

Acanthornis magna




espineta de Tasmània



srebrnastolica trnokljunka

střízlíkovec sýkorovitý


Tasmaanse Struiksluiper


Séricorne de Tasmanie


Acantiza di macchia


tasmaninis serikornis





papradníček krovinový

Sedosito tasmano


Ak Gözlü Akantiz

кущовик острівний

tasmán tüskecsőr