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Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

Oreoscopus gutturalis 13 cm

         The Fernwren is endemic to the Wet Tropics region.

         It is restricted to upland rainforests, where it forages in moist leaf litter.

     It produces very high-pitched whistling and scolding notes, yet it is difficult to see
       unless the observer is patient.

     It feeds by turning over the forest litter and has been seen following larger birds to
       forage in patches already disturbed by them (eg. Orange-footed Scrubfowl). It has
       a fine tweezer-like bill to use when probing for animal food.

     Its breeding season is from August to February. 

     The solid domed nest is often placed against a tree trunk or small earth bank. It is 
        made from numerous rootlets and mosses. Two eggs are usually laid here, and
        both parents raise the young.

      Other members of the same family (Acanthizidae) living in the rainforest include
        the Mountain Thornbill, Brown Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone, Fairy Gerygone
        and the scrubwren species.

      Round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge , the closest Fernwrens are found at
        Lake Barrine.


Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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