Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris

This page is a chapter in the book Scrubwrens, thornbills and allies.
Scientific Classification
Species:S. brevirostris
Binomial name
Smicrornis brevirostris

A tiny species of dry eucalypt forests, woodlands and mallee, the Weebill is recognised as being Australia's smallest bird with a size ranging from 8-9cm with an average size of 8cm.


Weebill are olive-green backed with yellowish underparts. They have dark tails with white tips except for the central pair of tail feathers which are completely dark. The eye is a pale, creamy white with a faint cream eyebrow above.

[top]Behavioural characteristics

Spends most of its time in the canopy, sometimes coming down to mid story to feed primarily on small insects and their larvae.

[top]Distribution and habitat

A common species, it is found across most of Australia with the exception of Tasmania.



Despite its diminutive size, its call is clear and distinctive and often heard from considerable distance.
Weebill sm.mp3 -Calls from a number of birds interacting and feeding. Recorded at Roachdale Reserve in South Australia, by Bec Z.

[top]Where to find

Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park (SA) , Monarto Conservation Park (SA)

[top]Photographic Tips


Photographed at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, South AustraliaPhotographed at Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, South Australia
Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) woodland habitat, Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SAPink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) woodland habitat, Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, SA
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