You may have heard the unique vocal call of the Rufous Bristlebird, but did you know that the Surf Coast is one of the last places in the world that you are likely to see these birds?
The Rufous Bristlebird (Dasyorni Broadbenti) is only found in Australia with a predominance along coastal areas in south-western Victoria. The species have previously been sighted in south-western Western Australia and south-eastern South Australia, but unfortunately frequent burning has led to its extinction in W.A.
The medium-sized songbird has a loud and distinctive vocal call which makes the bird easily identifiable.
Click here to hear the vocal call between two Rufous Bristlebirds, courtesy of the Internet Bird Collection.
The Rufous Bristlebird is threatened nationwide due to habitat loss from clearing for urban developments and agriculture. They are also prone to predation from foxes and cats.
There have been sightings of the rare bird along the coast between Anglesea and the Gelenlg River.
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For more information about the rare bird click here.