French: Mérion couronné German: Purpurkopf-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro coronado
near mouth of Victoria River, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. coronatus
Gould, 1858 – rivers of Kimberley region and adjacent W Northern Territory, in NW Australia.
M. c. macgillivrayi
Mathews, 1913 – rivers bordering S Gulf of Carpentaria (E Northern Territory and W Queensland), in N Australia.
14–15·5 cm; 9–12 g. Male nominate race in Bright plumage has crown purple-mauve with central black oblong; lores and broad band back through eye and ear-coverts... read more
Song a typical reel, louder, slower and lower in pitch than that of congeners; repeated elements... read more
Dense tropical vegetation, typically with tall grasses or prickly palms (Pandanus), beside... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly invertebrates gathered in dense foliage, including especially beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera),... read more
Two peaks, one in Apr and other in Aug; may rear more than one brood when conditions favourable. Socially monogamous but probably sexually... read more
Resident. Females disperse more often, and farther, than do males.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to uncommon. In regional conservation assessments, nominate race rated “Vulnerable” because of its extreme... read more
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