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Pale-billed Scrubwren

Aethomyias spilodera

The Pale-billed Scrubwren, scientifically known as Aethomyias spilodera, is a modestly adorned bird belonging to the Acanthizidae family. This avian species, once classified under the genus Sericornis, has been reclassified following a molecular phylogenetic study in 2018, which led to its placement in the revived genus Aethomyias.

Identification Tips

To identify the Pale-billed Scrubwren, one should look for its distinguishing pale bill, which stands out against its plumage. The bird exhibits subtle variations in coloration across its subspecies, which include A. s. ferrugineus, A. s. spilodera, A. s. granti, A. s. guttatus, and A. s. aruensis.


The natural habitat of the Pale-billed Scrubwren is the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, where it thrives amidst the dense foliage.


This species is endemic to the Aru Islands and New Guinea, where it can be found flitting through the forest undergrowth.


The Pale-billed Scrubwren is known for its discreet presence, often remaining hidden within its lush forest habitat.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Pale-billed Scrubwren as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face any immediate threat of extinction.

The Pale-billed Scrubwren, with its unassuming appearance and secretive nature, is a bird that may not command immediate attention but certainly rewards the patient observer with a glimpse into the rich biodiversity of the Aru Islands and New Guinea's lowland forests.

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