• Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia)

    The Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) is a medium-sized, ground-dwelling bird found across the mallee and semi-arid scrublands of southern Australia. Their dull brown and grey tones blend remarkably well into the leaf litter, where they are difficult to locate as they often remain motionless except for the odd flick or gentle raising and lowering of their tail.

    A generally shy bird, they can however, be surprisingly inquisitive and will sometimes sneak in close to a quiet observer. If disturbed they scurry away, rather than take flight, though rarely moving far. Their diet consists primarily of insects which they catch by foraging amongst the leaf litter, occasionally leaping into the air to catch insects on the wing.

    Mallee Woodlands Habitat

    During the breeding season (Jul-Jan) males will call frequently from a perch above the ground. The nest which is often located at the base of a shrub or log, is a shallow, cup-shaped depression scraped into the leaf litter and lined with fine twigs. Only a single egg is laid per clutch.

    Unfortunately, habitat loss and fragmentation due to clearing has seen a decline in both range and abundance of this species in some localities.