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Atrichornithidae - Scrub Birds

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Atrichornithidae

There are only two bird species in this family. The rufous scrub-bird and the noisy scrub-bird are found in Australia, and they are both very rare! They are brown and black in color and spend most of their time on the ground. The male's call is very loud and can be heard for miles.

The noisy scrub bird is about 8 inches in length and has long legs; short, rounded wings; and a pointed bill. It is brown on its uppersides and yellow on its undersides. It has a white throat and a black triangle on its chest. It eats seeds, insects, and small reptiles and amphibians. The noisy scrub-bird can fly, but not very well! It spends most of its time on the ground. It is a very good runner and chases its food! The noisy scrub-bird was thought to be extinct at one time, but it was re-discovered in 1961. It is currently endangered and is found only in coastal scrub areas of southwestern Australia.

The rufous scrub-bird is found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. It lives in rainforests and adjacent wet eucalyptus forests. It is also endangered.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

Noisy Scrub-bird- Atrichornis clamosus Endangered Australia More Info
Rufous Scrub-bird - Atrichornis rufescens Endangered Australia More Info
   

Additional Information

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Noisy Scrub-bird - Atrichornis clamosus profile Photos Endangered Australia
The noisy scrub-bird is found on the south coast of Western Australia, Australia.
Source: BirdLife International
Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Rufous Scrub-bird - Atrichornis rufescens Photos Endangered Australia
The rufous scrub-bird is found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.
Source:
Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes o

Rufous Scrub-bird - Atrichornis rufescens profile Endangered Australia
The rufous scrub-bird is found in rainforests and adjacent wet eucalyptus forests.
Source: BirdLife International
Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No