In camouflage: Bassian Thrush

Bassian Thrush

Shows Bassian Thrush, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Bassian Thrush

The Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) is described as being a ground forager – it eats invertebrates – and unobtrusive. The colouring of its plumage certainly helps make it difficult to see.

Found at Tarra-Bulga and at Morwell National Park, it is described as rare on our Bird List.

This bird was foraging in the denser scrub on the eastern side of the reservoir, close to the George Toye Track. It flew to a higher branch and froze there for a short time before returning to the ground. It moved again to a high branch and, obligingly, posed for a while, on one leg.

Shows Bassian Thrush, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White ring around the eye; small hook on the end of the beak

shows Bassian Thrush, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Watching carefully…

Shows Bassian Thrush, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Beautiful patterning on the underside

Sources and further resources

Birdlife Australia (2012) Bassian Thrush http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/bassian-thrush

Birds in Backyards (n.d.) Bassian Thrush http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Zoothera-lunulata

Chapman, G. (2012) Bassian Thrush – Australian Birds, Graeme Chapman Natural History Photographer-Ornithologist http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=528

 

2 responses to “In camouflage: Bassian Thrush

  1. These amazing images are a treat for those who may not be lucky enough to spot this rarely seen bird themselves. What time of day were the photos taken?

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