Papuan Scrubwren (Aethomyias papuensis)

The Papuan Scrubwren (Sericornis papuensis) is a small bird that is found in the dense undergrowth of the forests of Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, including the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, and New Ireland. It is a member of the Australasian family of birds called the Scrubwrens.

The Papuan Scrubwren is a small bird, measuring around 10 cm long and weighing approximately 8 grams. Its plumage is brownish-grey with a yellow or rufous-colored underbelly, and it has a distinctive blackish-brown patch around its eye. Its bill is small and thin, ideal for picking at small insects and invertebrates that form the bulk of its diet.

This bird is often found in dense undergrowth and shrubs, where it will flit rapidly from bush to bush, foraging for food. It moves quickly and is notoriously difficult to spot, making it a challenge for birdwatchers and researchers alike. However, its distinctive vocalizations, a series of high-pitched trills and chattering sounds, are a good indication of its presence.

The Papuan Scrubwren is typically found in the lowland rainforests of its habitat, but it can also be found in the mountains and hills up to an elevation of around 1800 meters. It is known to form pairs during the breeding season, which typically occurs between September and January. The female builds a small cup-shaped nest, usually located in dense shrubs or undergrowth, where she lays a clutch of 2-3 eggs. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs and caring for the young chicks.

Despite being a relatively common and widespread species within its habitat, the Papuan Scrubwren's population is believed to be in decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation caused by human activities such as logging, agriculture, and mining. Conservation efforts are underway to protect its habitat and preserve this unique bird for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Aethomyias papuensis



Papuan Scrubwren

espineta de Nova Guinea



kratkorepa trnokljunka

střízlíkovec papuánský




Séricorne papou


Scricciolo di macchia papua


papuasinis serikornis


solnik papuaski


Папуанская кустовка

hodvábnička papuánska

Sedosito papú


Papua Serikornisi

кущовик папуанський

Sericornis papua