January 26, 2016 – Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)

Requested by: @gepwin

Known as some of the smallest birds in Australia, Weebills are found throughout the mainland in most wooded areas. Feeding in flocks near the tops of trees, they eat scale insects from leaves, along with other varieties of insect prey. They use grasses and other vegetation to weave dome-shaped nests with small entrances near the top. Females incubate the eggs and both parents care for the chicks. The name “weebill” refers to their short beaks, but could also be related to their song, which is sometimes said to sound like the word.