Weebill, Smicrornis brevirostris, is Austrlaia's smallest bird, with a tiny size of 8.5cm to 9.5cm. It is a locally nomadic bird, and is seen with a greenish back, with a pale eyebrow and white eye. Pale brown, short, thick bill. Whitish/ yellow throat, bright yellow under parts. Difficult to see in the high canopy, as pairs and small parties move through the foliage foraging. Sharp buzzing contact calls, and a lively ‘wee-bill’ call alert you to their presence.
Feeds mainly on:
Social, vocal, often in company with other small birds such as thornbills and pardalotes.
May-December. The female builds a compact, well-concealed round or pearshaped dome nest with a side opening, using grass and leaves bound with cobwebs, lined with plant down or feathers, attached to slender leafy outer branches. Two-to-three eggs are incubated by the female. Two broods are often raised each year.
Places to Look
- Dry open eucalypt woodlands
- Open forest
- Clearing of eucalypt forest
- Woodland Birds of the Burdekin Dry Tropics
- Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club)
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