Garden Paradise (White Browed Scrubwrens) Original Acrylic on Clayboard 31cm x 27cm – SOLD
Inspiration: A fairly common little wren that is very hard to observe for any length of time. I’ve been wanting to paint this one for some time but couldn’t get good enough reference. Orange Blossom Orchid clusters are very beautiful to find and very typical of the dark rainforest habitat that the Scrub Wren also inhabits.
White-browed Scrubwrens are mostly dark olive-brown above, while the throat is buff grey and the flanks, belly and rump are dull rufous. They have a white line above the eye and another below the eye. The area around the eye between the lines is black, becoming greyer near the ear. The eye is light cream. Males and females are similar, but the females are slightly duller, particularly on the face.
Their range extends from northern Queensland, in a broad coastal band through South Australia to the mid-Western Australian coast and Tasmania. They can be found in rainforest, open forest, woodland and heaths. They are usually seen in pairs, low down in the thick vegetation. Their diet consists mostly of insects and other small arthropods. Occasionally, they eat some seeds. Birds feed in pairs among the thick vegetation of the forest floor.
The nest of the White-browed scrubwren consists of a large ball of grasses and other plant material, a side entrance tunnel leading to a cup lined with feathers. This is normally located on or near to the ground, in thick vegetation, but may be in a tree fork a few metres high. The eggs are pale blue to pale purple and are spotted with brown at the base.
Original artwork by James Hough
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