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Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

ENDEMIC Tropical North QLD

Acanthiza katherina

         The Mountain Thornbill is  endemic to the Wet Tropics region.

         It is restricted to upland rainforests, where it  forages about the foliage of trees and shrubs.

         The drab northern counterpart of the Brown Thornbill, its calls and behaviour are similar.

         The Mountain Thornbill was earlier regarded as a subspecies of the Brown
       Thornbill, but then distinguished as a separate species in 1969. The most tangible
       difference between the two species is the distinctive white eyes of the Mountain

           Its breeding season is from August to February / March. The nest, a compact dome
       shape, is made from fine grasses and fibres and decorated with mosses and
       lichens on the outside. It was not until 1971 when the nest was first discovered, and
       eggs were not described until a few years later.

      It is moderately common round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge but is most
        numerous in the highest uplands.


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