French: Miro de Tasmanie German: Tasmanschnäpper Spanish: Petroica de Tasmania
Quoy and Gaimard
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. kingi
(Mathews, 1914) – King I, in W Bass Strait (between Tasmania and mainland Australia).
M. v. vittata
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Flinders I (in E Bass Strait) and Tasmania.
16–16·5 cm; 25–31 g. Nominate race has crown to neck side and hindneck dark brown, creamy supercilium from base of bill to rear of ear-coverts, narrow dark... read more
Song is a far-carrying whistle, “cho-wee, choo-wee”; call consists of low mournful... read more
Drier eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland. Favours ecotones, particularly forest margins,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, particularly insects; some seeds. Feeds on the ground, pouncing on prey from elevated perch such as fence post; occasionally... read more
Season late Jul to late Dec; double-brooded. Helpers, often young of earlier broods, may assist at nest. Territorial when breeding. Nest... read more
Mainly sedentary, but some local post-breeding movements to lower elevations or more open habitats... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread. Adjusts well to logging, and often recorded in modified habitats. Rapidly colonizes suitable areas after clearance or fires. read more
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