French: Epthianure d’Ashby German: Wüstentrugschmätzer Spanish: Eptianuro de Ashby
Other common names:
Ephthianura [sic] lovensis
Leigh Creek, South Australia
Extreme S Northern Territory and SW Queensland S to N South Australia and NW New South Wales.
11–14 cm; 14–20 g. Distinctive Australian chat with robust body, short primary projection and rather heavy bill. Male has top of head, ear-coverts and neck light... read more
Clear sweet ascending or descending piping song. One or more sharp “whit” notes given in alarm or... read more
Sparsely vegetated stony or gibber deserts in arid regions, including very open shrubland-grassland... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mostly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), ants (of family Formicidae) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera); also... read more
Poorly understood. Breeding recorded in all months, usually Sept–Oct, possibly nesting after good rains. Apparently breeds in simple... read more
Not understood. Possibly partly nomadic; in some areas, fairly common after good rains and scarce... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Has possibly benefited from introduction of stock in NE South Australia, through modification of habitat and increased insect larvae in... read more
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