White-browed Scrubwren


White-Browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis). Photo: Russell Best — Natureshare

This inquisitive bird is called the White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) and may be found in local parks and gardens.

You can spot it by the white line above and below its eyes, which stands out from its dark brown body with a throat and flank of grey.

One of the more unusual features of this bird is its domed nests, which are made of grass, bark strips and rootlets. The nests are on or not far above the ground but well hidden in grass clumps or tangled undergrowth.

White-browed Scrubwrens cope well in an area with dense shrubs. They are ground-feeding birds, feeding on insects and other invertebrates.

There are a range of local indigenous shrubs that can help attract and protect the White-browed Scrubwren.


Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovate). Photo: Russell Best — Natureshare

One of these is the Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovate). This plant favours damp soil but tolerates dryness as well as waterlogging. It will grow quickly in full sun or partial to complete shade.

This colourful, fast growing plant sometimes needs pruning of old growth.

Height: one to two metres
Width: one to three metres
Flowers: August–February