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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Srub-birds

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Atrichornithidae

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The two different species of the family of Scrubbirds are endemic to southern Australia. They are all rare, shy and have small areas of distribution. The body length is 17 cm to 23 cm. They have small round wings, which are unsuitable for true flight, a broad, long tail, the feathers of which are indivdually rounded, and large powerful feet. Their habitat is dense rainforest or scrub. Mostly they stay on the ground, where they hunt small animals, mainly invertebrates, and defend their territory. To this end the very loud voice comes into play. The females build the domed nest with a side entrance without the help of the male. The clutch contains just one egg that is hatched by the female alone. Since the egg is left for many hours during the day, it cools off in between and the incubation period extends to five to six weeks. The chick is only fed by the female.

Atrichornis

     rufescens - Rufous Scrubbird (2)
     clamosus - Noisy Scrubbird (6)

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