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, with reddish wings, and pale greyish below, becoming more whitish on the throat. During the breeding season (August to February) the male is strongly territorial, and two eggs are laid in a dome-shaped nest that is constructed in dense shrubbery close to the ground.