Vogelkop Scrubwren (Aethomyias rufescens)

The Vogelkop Scrubwren is a small, lively bird species that is found in the damp mountain forests of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. This bird was first discovered in 1939 but was only recently identified as a unique species in 2005. It is named after the Vogelkop region, where it was first seen.

The Vogelkop Scrubwren is about 10 centimeters long, with a brownish-grey plumage covering its head, wings, back, and tail. It also features a distinctive white stripe above each eye, which adds to its appealing appearance. The bird's underparts are creamy white with warm brown markings on its flanks and breast.

The Vogelkop Scrubwren prefers to stay hidden in dense vegetation, foruding insects and spiders in the undergrowth. The bird has a sharp, thin beak that enables it to reach the smaller insects and bugs effectively. It feeds on tiny arthropods and crawls along the ground and swaths of vegetation to forage for food. This bird's diet consists of more than 90% insects and fruit.

The Vogelkop Scrubwren's behavior is indicative of its vibrant nature. This bird is generally active during the daytime and is social, frequently vocal, and always on the move. It has a shrill, high-pitched whistle that is usually heard crisp and clear in the dense rainforest.

Despite being a relatively new species, the Vogelkop Scrubwren is already facing threats to its survival. Their habitat, the mountain rainforests of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, are disappearing rapidly due to deforestation and commercialization. Bird lovers across the globe have shown an immense interest in the species and are working towards its conservation.

In conclusion, the Vogelkop Scrubwren represents the beauty and mystery of the Indonesian and Papua New Guinean forests. This bird species is known for its vibrant plumage, sharp beak, and active social behavior. Its recent rise to international fame highlights the need to conserve these forests and protect their wealth of unique flora and fauna.

Other names

Aethomyias rufescens



Vogelkop Scrubwren

espineta de Vogelkop



vogelkopska trnokljunka

střízlíkovec irianský




Séricorne chamois


Scricciolo di macchia del Vogelkop


rudaausis serikornis


solnik czarnosterny


Рыжеватая кустовка

hodvábnička okrovolíca

Sedosito de Vogelkop


Vogelkop Serikornisi

кущовик малий

Sericornis vogelkop