Bristlebirds

Dasyornithidae

Three species, all endemic to Australia. All are secretive, predominantly terrestrial species, with short stiff bristles at the base of the bill. The Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus and the Western Bristlebird D. longirostris are both endangered at species level, while the Rufous Bristlebird D. broadbenti is classed as ‘Least Concern’. One subspecies of the Rufous Bristlebird, the Western Rufous Bristlebird D. b. litoralis is classed as extinct.

Eastern Bristlebird

Dasyornis brachypterus A medium-sized (21cm) secretive bird of dense, predominantly coastal, vegetation, where it feeds on the ground on ants and other insects. It is a secretive, predominantly terrestrial species, with short stiff bristles at the base of the bill, and a long tail, and is most often seen running through clearings or across walking trails. It rarely flies. It is dull brownish above,...

Western Bristlebird

Dasyornis longirostris Superficially similar to the Noisy Scrub-bird, and overlaps in part of its range, but is smaller (17 to 20 cm) and has bold white streaking and red eye. A couple of characteristics that distinguishes the two species is the Western Biristlebird’s tendency to call periodically from an elevated perch on top of a low bush, and also its habit of flying a short distance with i...