French: Mérion à dos rouge German: Rotrücken-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro dorsirrojo
New Holland = near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. cruentatus
Gould, 1840 – N Western Australia (from Cape Keraudren) E, N of 20° S, to N Queensland (S to base of Cape York Peninsula and Charters Towers).
M. m. melanocephalus
(Latham, 1801) – NE Queensland (E Cape York Peninsula) S along coast to E New South Wales.
10–12·5 cm; 6–8 g. Male nominate race in Bright plumage is satiny black except for dusky-brown primaries and fiery orange scapulars, back and rump; iris... read more
Soft reel with weak introductory notes. Contact call a quiet “ssst”; alarm a shrill... read more
Wide variety of vegetation, especially with tall grassy ground cover and sparse tree cover, mostly... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, e.g. ants (Formicidae), cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), caterpillars; also some... read more
Egg-laying recorded in all months except Jun, but mostly in wet season. Socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous; remains paired... read more
Sedentary; tends to wander locally outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout its current range. Appears to have withdrawn from areas of large-scale human settlement with less suitable tall grassland available... read more
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