French: Mégalure menue German: Zwergschilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera chica
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. papuensis
(Junge, 1952) – W New Guinea (Wissel Lakes area, in W Snow Mts).
P. g. thomasi
(Mathews, 1912) – SW Western Australia (S from Shark Bay).
P. g. goulburni
(Mathews, 1912) – E Australia from E Northern Territory and Queensland (S from Atherton) S to E South Australia and S Victoria.
P. g. gramineus
(Gould, 1845) – SE Australia (Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait).
14–16 cm; c. 25 g. An almost uniformly brown, but well-streaked, small grassbird with moderately long and graduated tail, rectrices distinctly pointed, becoming frayed... read more
Song, uttered by day or by night and often the first clue to species’ presence, a plaintive,... read more
Variety of dense wetland vegetation, including reedbeds (Phragmites), cumbungi (Typha... read more
Food and feeding
Food almost entirely small insects and their larvae, also other invertebrates, both land and aquatic, such as spiders (Araneae) and small... read more
Chiefly between Aug and Jan, at onset of local rains, but season may be more prolonged in very wet years, and those moving into normally... read more
Chiefly resident; with such a skulking and quiet (outside breeding season) species, however,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally quite common in coastal and subcoastal districts of SW & SE Australia, including Tasmania, but somewhat patchily distributed (restricted... read more
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