French: Queue-de-gaze du mallee German: Malleeborstenschwanz Spanish: Maluro del Mallee
A. J. Campbell
Mallee district = Hopetoun district, west Victoria, Australia
Mallee region of SE South Australia (S of Murray R) and NW Victoria.
13·5–15 cm; 6–7 g. Male has crown unstreaked pale rufous, ear-coverts blue with black streaking, hindneck and upperparts mid olive-brown, streaked black;... read more
High-pitched twittering reel. Contact call a high-pitched “tree”; alarm a louder “trrt”.
Confined to uncleared, low eucalypt (Eucalyptus) mallee woodland with understorey of... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Eats insects, apparently also seeds. Forages rapidly through shrubs and clumps of Triodia, generally within 0... read more
Sept–Nov. Appears to breed as pairs, and probably territorial, but confirmation required. Nest built by female, a domed oval... read more
Resident. No studies of marked birds; reported as dispersing at least 6 km into vegetation burnt 3... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Australia EBA. Total population thought to number only c. 3000 individuals... read more
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