Eastern Bristlebird

Dasyornis brachypterus

The Eastern Bristlebird is listed as a threatened species. It is a shy and cryptic bird that spends most of the time on the ground.

It is an insect eater feeding on a variety of insects, ants are a favourite.

The Eastern Bristlebird’s nest is an oval dome constructed on or near the ground amongst dense vegetation.

Habitat is characterised by dense, low vegetation including heath and open woodland with a heathy understorey. The distribution of the Eastern Bristlebird has contracted to three disjunct areas of south-eastern Australia.  In northern NSW the habitat occurs in open forest with dense tussocky grass understorey and sparse mid-storey near rainforest; all of these vegetation types are fire prone.

Ref: Office of Environment & Heritage  NSW