Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus)

Booderee National Park, ACT, Australia (though on the coast, Jervis bay is actually part of the Australian Capital Territory).

 

These guys are endangered, and there are estimated to be only 2000 remaining - habitat loss and predation being the prime protagonists. They are relatively common at Booderee NP however, where recent fox baiting programs have resulted in a marked increase in their numbers, despite a very large bush fire going through much of their habitat there in recent years. Their favoured heath habitat has recovered, as have bristlebird numbers. They are quite furtive, but do call vociferously and often from a prominent perch, so a little patience can result in good views (and photo opportunities!).

 

This species is listed as Endangered - see the IUCN Red List info here www.iucnredlist.org/details/146295 for more information.

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Taken on June 9, 2008