From Dry Tropics Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search


Weebill, Smicrornis brevirostris, is Austrlaia's smallest bird, with a tiny size of 8.5cm to 9.5cm. It is a locally nomadic bird, and is seen with a greenish back, with a pale eyebrow and white eye. Pale brown, short, thick bill. Whitish/ yellow throat, bright yellow under parts. Difficult to see in the high canopy, as pairs and small parties move through the foliage foraging. Sharp buzzing contact calls, and a lively ‘wee-bill’ call alert you to their presence.

Feeding Habits

Feeds mainly on:

  • Insects
  • Larvae
  • 'Lerps'

Social, vocal, often in company with other small birds such as thornbills and pardalotes.


May-December. The female builds a compact, well-concealed round or pearshaped dome nest with a side opening, using grass and leaves bound with cobwebs, lined with plant down or feathers, attached to slender leafy outer branches. Two-to-three eggs are incubated by the female. Two broods are often raised each year.

Places to Look

  • Dry open eucalypt woodlands
  • Open forest
  • Mallee


  • Fire
  • Clearing of eucalypt forest


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Weebill © Birdlife Townsville 2008

This is a legacy website. Content is not being updated but is kept as an archive.
Updated NRM information is now held in the NQ Dry Tropics NRM Information Portal at http://nrm.nqdrytropics.com.au/.
while corporate information about NQ Dry Tropics is held on our main website at http://www.nqdrytropics.com.au
NQ Dry Tropics Website