Significance to humans

As small, dull-colored and sometimes cryptic birds, acan-thizids are generally not noticed much by people. Many are loosely called tits by country people, due to their superficial resemblance to members of the Paridae. The songs of bush canaries are well known, though the gerygones that produce the songs are less familiar to most people. Thornbills, scrub-wrens and gerygones can provide a challenge to bird watchers, especially where there are local, indistinct species (e.g. Tasmanian thornbill [Acanthiza ewingi], Atherton scrubwren [Sericornis keri]), and the vocal but well-hidden bristlebirds can prove frustrating.

1. Bicolored mouse-warbler (Crateroscelis nigrorufa); 2. Yellow-rumped thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa); S. Southern whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis); 4. Mangrove gerygone (Gerygone levigaster); 5. Rockwarbler (Origma solitaria); 6. White-browed scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis); 7. Eastern bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus); B. Yellowhead (Mohua ochrocephala). (Illustration by Amanda Humphrey)

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