French: Acanthize à croupion beige German: Goldhähnchen-Dornschnabel Spanish: Acantiza reguloide
Vigors and Horsfield
Parramatta and Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. squamata
De Vis, 1889 – E Queensland (Atherton Tablelands S to Broad Sound), in NE Australia.
A. r. nesa
(Mathews, 1920) – SE Queensland and NE New South Wales.
A. r. reguloides
Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 – SE Australia from New South Wales (inland to inner W slopes of Great Dividing Range) S to Victoria.
A. r. australis
(North, 1904) – SE South Australia and SW Victoria.
9·5–11 cm; 8 g. A medium-sized, pale-eyed thornbill with somewhat stout, relatively deep-based bill. Nominate race has greyish-olive top and side of head and... read more
Calls throughout year, but often quiet. Song a rapidly repeated musical tinkling on 2 alternating... read more
Open eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest and woodland, usually with open or sparse understorey... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods; also seeds and nectar. Major prey items include ants (Formicidae), beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), orthopterans, wasps (... read more
Season Jul–Feb (late winter/early spring to mid-summer); complete breeding cycle, from nest construction to fledging, took 6–10... read more
Primarily resident; some local seasonal movement between habitats noted in E Queensland (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon and local within a wide range in E Australia. Local declines and disappearances recorded where suburban subdivision occurs, with... read more
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