Differentiating Tasmanian Scrubwren and Tasmanian Scrubtit

I find this one tricky, and I don't think I have it 100% yet. Please comment any extra tips you have for differentiating these two Tassie bb's!

Side-by-side comparison

Left image Tasmanian Scrubwren by Michael Hatton from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46495230
Right image Tasmanian Scrubtit, by margot_oorebeek from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46695320

Tasmanian Scrubwren

The features I look for:

  • Staring (angry-looking) eyes
  • Face framed with pale triangular lines
  • Dark lores (the region between the eye and bill on the side of the bird's head)
  • Slim black-white-black-white lines on the wing
  • Dark throat and chest

These features are clear in the following observations:

Left image by Michael Hatton from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46495230
Right image by jsatler from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/5360699

Tasmanian Scrubtit

The features I look for:

  • Soft (kind-looking) eyes
  • Pale lores and/or pale eye-brow (in addition to or more-so than the pale triangular lines of the Scrubwren)
  • White spots on the wing (rather than the black-white-black-white slim lines of the Scrubwren)
  • Very pale throat and chest

These features are clear in the following observations:

Left image by margot_oorebeek from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46695320
Right image by Brendan Costello from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94092352


Left image by Jan Ebr from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71971256
Right image by lowch from observation https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41024403

Posted on Οκτώβριος 14, 2021 1125 ΜΜ by tamika_lunn tamika_lunn

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