Western Bristlebird

Listen to audio

Habitat: Heathland, Coastal


Western Bristlebirds inhabit coastal heathlands with a diverse range of dense, low-growing shrubs. They occur in areas that have not been burnt for some years, but the time between burning and reoccupation varies between different sites.


Being shy, secretive birds, Western Bristlebirds are seldom seen as they generally stay concealed among the dense vegetation of coastal heathlands. Their tail is held horizontally as they peck at the ground, using the bill to probe beneath the leaf litter or sweep fallen leaves aside.


Western Bristlebirds forage, usually in pairs, on or close to the ground, taking mainly invertebrates, including worms, snails, insects and their larvae, as well as seeds.


The Western Bristlebird lays two dull-white, minutely spotted eggs in a large domed nest of sedges, rushes and sticks usually built close to the ground.