French: Mégalure brune German: Schwarzbauch-Schilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera parda
Vigors and Horsfield
Australia, breeding almost entirely S of Tropic of Capricorn; non-breeding across much of interior.
Male 24–26 cm, 70–84 g; female 18–20 cm, 25–30 g. A relatively long-legged terrestrial warbler exhibiting strong sexual dimorphism in both size and... read more
Song, delivered in flight or from a perch, all day long in breeding season, an almost metallic... read more
Open, treeless grassy plains and inland saltbush (Atriplex) steppe with shrubby cover and... read more
Food and feeding
Bulk of diet small invertebrates, notably small grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera) and their larvae; variety of small seeds... read more
Season Sept–Feb; sometimes two broods. Male mates with several females. In song flight, male rises into sky with tremulous wingbeats... read more
Strongly migratory and nomadic; after breeding, disperses N and follows a nomadic existence, moving... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally quite common, but more abundant in some years than in others owing to somewhat nomadic existence. Presence in many areas depends on local... read more
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