WA Birds 15. Spotted Pardalote to Banded Whiteface


Spotted Pardalote (photograph)

Pardalotus punctatus

Fairly common to common in eucalypt woodland in the south west.  The Yellow-rumped race xanthopygus occurs in mallee along the south coast including the Stirling Ranges, Fitzgerald River and Eyre Bird Observatory.


Red-browed Pardalote

Pardalotus rubricatus

Occurs throughout the northern half of the WA.  It is most easily found by call.  Check for the wing bar as the Striated Pardalote has a reddish spot near the brow in the Kimberley.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra, Kimberley Coastal Camp, Derby and near Broome.


Striated Pardalote (photograph)

Pardalotus striatus

Common in eucalypt woodland in most of WA.  Flocks seen at Dryandra State Forest.  Seen breeding in an earth bank at Kununurra.


Western Bristlebird

Dasyornis longirostris

Endemic. Easily heard in very low heath at Waychinicup, Two People's Bay and the Fitzgerald River.  Often crosses the road to the traffic island at the Little Beach car park at Two People's Bay.  Very distinctive call.


Rufous Bristlebird (extinct)

Dasyornis broadbenti

Not seen in Western Australia since 1940.  Formerly seen along the coast from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin.


White-browed Scrubwren (photograph)

Sericornis frontalis

Common in thick undergrowth in the south west as far north as Shark Bay and in the far south.  Fairly common on Rottnest Island.  Very easy to pish or squeak up.


Shy Heathwren

Hylacola cauta

Common near the car park at the top of the escarpment at the Eyre Bird Observatory.  Fairly common at Fitzgerald River especially near Twertup.


Rufous Fieldwren (photograph)

Calamanthus campestris

Seen at Mangrove Bay near Exmouth, Carnarvon harbour, Lake Austin near Cue and Two People's Bay.


Redthroat (photograph)

Pyrrholaemus brunneus

Common near Carnarvon.  Seen at Nallan Station near Cue and Paraburdoo.



Smicrornis brevirostris

Common to abundant in eucalypt woodland in most of WA.  Very yellow near Kununurra to almost brown grey in far south west.


Dusky Gerygone (photographs)

Gerygone tenebrosa

Endemic.  Common in mangroves from Denham, Carnarvon, Port Hedland, Broome to Derby.  Fairly common in the mangroves near Exmouth.  Easy to attract by pishing.  Distinguish from Mangrove Gerygone by location, pale eye colour, pale eye brow and call.


Mangrove Gerygone

Gerygone levigaster

Common at Derby, Wyndham and Kimberley Coastal Camp.  Can be found at Broome.  Mostly found in mangroves but it does move inland into nearby melaleuca.


Western Gerygone

Gerygone fusca

Common in much of the south west to the Pilbara.  Uncommon in the Kimberley where the call is different.  Seen at Kununurra, Derby and Broome.


Large-billed Gerygone

Gerygone magnirostris

Fairly common at the Kimberley Coastal Camp with one pair feeding a Little Bronze-Cuckoo.  Usually found in mangroves at Wyndham.  Seen at Tanmurra Creek near Kununurra.


Green-backed Gerygone

Gerygone chloronotus

Very common in rainforest pockets near the Kimberley Coastal Camp.  Common at Point Springs Nature Reserve near Kununurra.  Reported at Kingston Rest Station near Kununurra.


White-throated Gerygone

Gerygone olivacea

Common in most of the Kimberley.  The call is very easy to identify.  Fairly common at Broome, Derby, Kununurra.  Seen once at Argyle Diamond Mine.


Inland Thornbill

Acanthiza apicalis

Common in most of the southern half of WA.  Usually seen with tail cocked in ones or twos.  Easy to pish or squeak in.  The Broad-tailed face in the far south west has been proposed to be a full species.


Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza uropygialis

Common in parties especially in the mulga.  Seen at Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Yalgoo, Cue, Payne's Find, Hyden.


Slaty-backed Thornbill

Acanthiza robustirostris

Seen usually in small parties on Nallan Station near Cue and Walga Rock.


Western Thornbill

Acanthiza inornata

Endemic.  Common particularly in jarrah / marri woodland such as Bungendore State Forest, Flynn Road and along the Muirs Highway.  Also common at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges.  They nearly always occur in small (up to eight) loose groups.  Not hard to identify, but check for Weebill.  Distinguish by bill and call.


Slender-billed Thornbill

Acanthiza iredalei

Small group seen at Lake Annean near Meekatharra.  Reported at New Beach near Carnarvon and on the Nullarbor Plain.


Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Common in parties in the south west in more open habitat.


Southern Whiteface

Aphelocephala leucopsis

Common in parties in mulga near Shark Bay, Carnarvon, White Wells Station, Yalgoo, Warne River, Cue.  Seen at Cocklebiddy.


Banded Whiteface

Aphelocephala nigricincta

It prefers low vegetation that is regenerating after a fire.  Seen on the Canning Stock Route and the Kidson Track in July 1993.  Reported at Nallan Station near Cue.


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