French: Epthianure tricolore German: Scharlachtrugschmätzer Spanish: Eptianuro tricolor
Ephthianura [sic] tricolor
Australia, ‘Hab.?’ = Peel River, New South Wales, Australia
Australia, mainly in interior, also coastal Western Australia and South Australia; few records from N tropics.
11–13 cm; 9–14 g. Distinctive Australian chat with scarlet or reddish uppertail-coverts in all plumages. Male in breeding plumage has forehead, crown and nape... read more
Mournful “tee-whee” or strong oscillating calls given by territorial male, also bill-clicking in... read more
Open chenopod shrublands, or shrublands dominated by acacia (Acacia, especially mulgas),... read more
Food and feeding
Eats insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), butterflies (Lepidoptera) and ants (Hymenoptera... read more
Usually Jul/Aug–Nov/Dec, sometimes in other months after good rainfall in arid regions. Breeds in pairs; both sexes take part in nest... read more
Highly nomadic, local numbers fluctuating enormously. Seasonal trends poorly understood and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Densities of up to 3·7 birds/ha recorded at L Disappointment, in Western Australia. Successfully bred in captivity.
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