Brown Thornbill


Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla). Photo: Chris Lindorff — Natureshare

The delightful Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) may be found in local parks and gardens.

It is an active, small insect eating bird, that feeds and nests within the dense lower-storey shrubs and grass layer. It has a warbling call, often mimicking other birds and will even respond to human bird calls.

There are a range of local indigenous shrubs that can help attract and protect the Brown Thornbill, including the Hedge Wattle (Acacia paradoxa).


Hedge Wattle (Acacia paradoxa). Photo: Russell Best — Natureshare

The Hedge Wattle is a dense shrub with flowers. It adapts to a variety of soil or moisture situations and tolerates moderately salty winds and grows in full sun or partial shade.

Small thorns on this plant provide a refuge for the Brown Thornbill and an effective barrier against unwanted pedestrian traffic. This plant can be pruned for hedging.

Height: two to four metres
Width: two to five metres
Flowers: April–November

Your local indigenous nursery will be able to assist you with other indigenous plants that also help attract insects which are a source of food for native birds.