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Vogelkop Scrubwren

Aethomyias rufescens

The Vogelkop scrubwren, known scientifically as Aethomyias rufescens, is a modestly plumaged bird that calls the Acanthizidae family its kin. This avian species is a denizen of West Papua, Indonesia, where it flits through the subtropical and tropical moist montane forests that are its home.

Identification Tips

Observers should note the Vogelkop scrubwren's unassuming appearance, typical of the scrubwren genus. Its plumage blends seamlessly with the forest undergrowth, a trait that has served it well in evading detection.


The Vogelkop scrubwren is a creature of the highlands, favoring the subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These ecosystems provide the cover and resources it requires for its lifestyle.


This bird is endemic to West Papua, Indonesia, meaning it is found nowhere else on Earth. Its presence is a testament to the unique biodiversity of this region.


While detailed behaviors of the Vogelkop scrubwren remain elusive to the casual observer, it is known to embody the typical characteristics of its family, likely engaging in foraging and other activities common to scrubwrens.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Vogelkop scrubwren as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats of extinction.

The Vogelkop scrubwren, once placed in the genus Sericornis, has been reclassified following a molecular phylogenetic study in 2018. This reclassification to the genus Aethomyias reflects the ever-evolving understanding of the complex tapestry of avian lineage.

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