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#ThreatenedThursday: Pilotbird

#ThreatenedThursday: Pilotbird

July 21, 2022


SPECIES: Pycnoptilus floccosus — Pilotbird

CLASSIFICATION: Vulnerable


A Pilotbird is a large, plump, passerine bird - you might know it as a songbird or perching bird (a bird that grasps with its feet). Other Australian passerine birds include fairywrens, emu-wrens, grasswrens, lyrebirds and thornbills. The Pilotbird is endemic to south-eastern Australia, separated into two subspecies: one that lives at the top of the hill, found in alpine areas, and one that lives at the bottom, found in lowline forest.


Habitat clearing and urban development are major threats to the Pilotbird. It is helpful though, that much of the habitat of the Pilotbird is within national parks and reserves. Bushfires are also quite a threat, as a result in recent years, the species has been reclassified and unfortunately now makes the worldwide IUCN Red List.


Photo: JJ Harrison