Family Fairy-wrens (Maluridae)

Least Concern

Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi)


French: Amytis de l’Eyre German: Finkenschnabel-Grasschlüpfer Spanish: Maluro del Eyre

Amytis goyderi


, 1875,

Macumba River, northern South Australia


See A. housei. Monotypic.


Dunefields of Simpson Desert and Strzelecki Desert, in SE Northern Territory, extreme SW Queensland and NE South Australia.

Descriptive notes

15–16·7 cm; 15–19 g. Small, pale grasswren with massive bill deeper than it is wide, like that of a finch (Fringillidae). Male has upper surfaces cinnamon-... read more


Song a sweet-sounding warble of varied short syllables, some very high-pitched. Contact call... read more


Tussock grassland of sandhill canegrass (Zygochloa paradoxa) on crests and upper slopes of... read more

Food and feeding

Eats seeds, mostly of the grasses Zygochloa and Aristida; also insects and spiders (Araneae). No more granivorous than... read more


Few available data suggest breeding from late winter to early spring, in Jul–Sept, especially after rain. Nest compact, globular,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Simpson and Strzelecki Deserts Secondary Area. Rather uncommon. Population in Simpson Dunefield linked to that... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Russell, E. (2020). Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).