French: Dasyorne roux German: Rotkopf-Borstenvogel Spanish: Picocerdas rufo
24 miles [38 km] from Portland Bay, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
D. b. litoralis
(Milligan, 1902) – coastal SW Western Australia (Cape Naturaliste S to Cape Mentelle and Margaret R).
D. b. broadbenti
(McCoy, 1867) – coastal SE South Australia (E from the Coorong) and SW Victoria (E to Portland Bay).
D. b. caryochrous
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – from Peterborough E along coast to Otway Peninsula, in S Victoria.
25 cm; c. 77 g. The largest bristlebird, with long graduated tail with rounded tip, short rounded wings, medium-length slightly decurved bill; crown feathers sometimes raised... read more
Song, throughout year and through day, but most frequently in breeding season (when also responds... read more
Primarily low, dense shrubland and heathland on coastal dunes and cliffs, sometimes extending up to... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily invertebrates (mainly insects), seeds, fruit and green shoots. Invertebrates recorded are cockroaches (Blattodea), larval and... read more
Season Aug–Jan; single-brooded. Probably mates for life. Nests as simple pair, apparently occupying same site over long period; pair... read more
Resident with some local movement, especially after fires. In ringing programmes and radio-tracking... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Australia EBA and (formerly) South-west Australia EBA. Race litoralis (almost certainly... read more
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