King Island Brown Thornbill
The Brown Thornbill is native to
south-eastern Australia and Tasmania, they thrive in many environments, some of which are grasslands, shrublands and dry and wet forests.
Thornbills are part of a bird family called passeriformes. The thornbills close relatives include finches, sparrows, songbirds, swallows and other small circular birds.
Brown thornbills, like all animals, have evolved over time. Some of their evolutions include imitating the sound of a larger bird to ward off prey and pair breeding. Being able to ward off larger birds is a very useful evolution because it decreases the amount of attacks from their predators. Pair breeding also increases the chance of a fledgling surviving until adulthood.
Brown thornbills usually require a densely shrubed forest of plain to live their best life. In areas that they thrive, they have many trees and bushes to live in and a the and is made of very fertile soil which encourages the renewal and additional growth of plants that are necessary for them to live.
why are they getting hecked up?
In recent years, runoff from farms and urban areas have polluted the very fertile forests that have been home to brown thornbills for so long. This pollution is leading to immense habitat loss. The brown thornbills are a very illusive species, so they are rarely seen by humans. A brown thornbill hasn't been seen in the wild since 2014 and even though this is normal, many wildlife enthusiasts worry that the brown thornbill may already be extinct.
There are many groups that are attempting to save the brown thornbill by breeding them and releasing them into the wild though it would be very hard to find a male and female of breeding age in the same time frame. Others are attempting to replant forests to help these little birds. The most effective way to keep the thornbills alive would be to stop the problem at the source and stop farmers from using fertelizers that will runoff into the forests.