scrub-bird


scrub-bird
/skrub"berrd'/, n.
either of two Australian passerine birds of the genus Atrichornis, related to the lyrebirds, having a loud voice and reduced powers of flight: A. clamosus is endangered.
[1865-70; SCRUB2 + BIRD]

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 either of two species of rare Australian birds comprising the family Atrichornithidae (order Passeriformes), allied to lyrebirds. Both species are brown, with a longish, pointed tail—rather like the brown thrasher of the United States. The 22-centimetre (9-inch) western, or noisy, scrub-bird (Atrichornis clamosus), discovered in dry brushlands of Western Australia in the 1840s, was believed extinct after 1889 but was rediscovered in 1961. The 18-centimetre (7-inch) rufous scrub-bird (A. rufescens), discovered in the 1860s in wet forests of New South Wales, 2,500 miles (4,000 km) away from the other species, is now known to range to Queensland, where it is protected in Lamington National Park.

      Scrub-birds seldom fly but can disappear quickly afoot. Their near flightlessness is reflected in their anatomy: their clavicles are so poorly developed that they do not join, and, thus, scrub-birds are the only passerines lacking a wishbone. Their voice is remarkable: painfully loud, highly varied, and ventriloquial. The nest, on the ground, is a bulky, domed affair lined, uniquely, with wood pulp that dries to a cardboardlike consistency.

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