French: Pycnoptile compagnon German: Rötelkehlhuscher Spanish: Acantiza piloto
Brindabella Ranges towards Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. floccosus
Gould, 1851 – Snowy Mts of New South Wales (from Brindabella Range S to Kosciusko escarpment), in SE Australia.
P. f. sandlandi
Mathews, 1912 – coastal New South Wales (S from Newcastle) and Victoria (E from Melbourne).
17–19 cm; 27 g. Large, plump, big-headed, stout-billed ground-dwelling acanthizid with long and full rounded tail, rather bulbous-looking forehead and prominent eye;... read more
Loud, rich, ringing, piercingly sweet musical call of 3–5 syllables, upward-inflected, with... read more
Ground layer of temperate wet sclerophyll forests, occasionally in dry sclerophyll, and moist... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous; occasionally eats seeds and fruit. Arthropods taken include beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), ants (Formicidae),... read more
Season Aug–Feb; double-brooded, maybe even triple-brooded. Apparently breeds as monogamous pair. Nest quite large, domed, with oval... read more
Resident; in territory throughout year. Some local winter wandering possible. Of 67 recoveries of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Australia EBA. Fairly common within its relatively small range. Has suffered some contraction of range... read more
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