Tasmanian Scrubwren, Sericornis humilis Click to enlarge image
Tasmanian Scrubwren, Sericornis humilis Image: Heidi Krajewsky

Fast Facts

  • IUCN Conservation Status
  • Classification
  • Size Range
    12 cm to 15 cm

The Tasmanian Scrubwren is known as the alarm bird of the Tasmanian scrub, as it is the first to signal danger.

What do Tasmanian Scrubwrens look like?


The Tasmanian Scrubwren is a small bird with a short, slender straight bill, short legs and a short tail. Tasmanian Scrubwrens are mostly dark olive-brown above with russet on the back, rump and upper-tail. They are dull cream below with greyish streaking. The eye is cream and has pale lines above and below it. The area between the lines is grey. The chin and throat are off-white with coarse dark streaking. They have a black shoulder patch with overlying white markings. The area between the bill and the eye is blacker in males and greyer in females. The females also have less contrasting patterns. Tasmanian Scrubwrens are also known as Brown Scrubwrens.

Where do Tasmanian Scrubwrens live?


The Tasmanian Scrubwren prefers areas with dense vegetation, such as rainforests and other forest areas with moist gullies. It is usually seen on or close to the ground.


The Tasmanian Scrubwren is confined to mainland Tasmania, King Island and other offshore islands in the Tasmanian region.

What do Tasmanian Scrubwrens eat and how do they communicate?

Feeding and diet

Tasmanian Scrubwrens usually eat insects, but occasionally eat seeds. They often forage in pairs.


The Tasmanian Scrubwren has three calls. The song call is like a squeaky wheel, and can last a long time. It also uses a soft "peep" call to keep contact with its mate while foraging. The alarm call is a scolding, rasping chatter.

What are Tasmanian Scrubwrens breeding behaviours?

Breeding Behaviour/s

The nest of the Tasmanian Scrubwren is located on or close to the ground in thick vegetation. The nest is domed or nearly spherical with a rounded side entrance. It is made of bark, grass and moss and softly lined with feathers or fur. The eggs are pale purple with brown spots at the base.

Breeding Season: August to December.