French: Petit Langrayen German: Zwergschwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo chico
Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. derbyi
Mathews, 1912 – N & E Australia (S, in E, to N New South Wales and E South Australia).
A. m. minor
Vieillot, 1817 – Western Australia (Pilbara and Murchison regions) E to ranges of S Northern Territory and NW South Australia.
12 cm; 13·1–20·9 g. Nominate race is dark chocolate-brown above and below, becoming dark grey on rump and grey-black on uppertail-coverts, with deep... read more
Vocalizes less frequently than other members of family. Brisk "peet-peet" (1–4... read more
Open scrublands, rocky hills, cliffs and breakaways; also open woodland. Associated mainly with... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects; nectar taken occasionally. Captures prey generally in flight; occasionally among foliage or flowers, or on ground. Forages... read more
Not well known. Eggs recorded Sept–Jan. Occasional co-operative breeding, with one or two helpers. Nest, built by both sexes, a... read more
Not well known. Probably resident in some areas, e.g. parts of Western Australia; also partly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common locally throughout range. May have benefited in some areas from increase in available habitat following clearance for agriculture.
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