French: Séricorne roussâtre German: Rötelhuscher Spanish: Sedosito rufo
plains around Adelaide, South Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. rubiginosus
A. J. Campbell, 1899 – CW coast of Western Australia from Exmouth Gulf S to near Geraldton.
C. c. dorrie
Mathews, 1912 – Dorre I, in Shark Bay (Western Australia).
C. c. hartogi
Carter, 1916 – Dirk Hartog I, in Shark Bay.
C. c. wayensis
Mathews, 1912 – saltlakes between S Great Sandy Desert and Meekatharra–Sandstone, in C Western Australia.
C. c. campestris
(Gould, 1841) – S Western Australia (Nullarbor Plain E from Balladoni–Israelite Bay) and S South Australia (E to coastal Eyre Peninsula and S Yorke Peninsula, S Flinders Ranges, S L Frome Basin and W Murray Mallee).
C. c. isabellinus
North, 1896 – lower Finke R S to Coober Pedy, SW rim of L Eyre Basin and N part of L Frome Basin, in South Australia.
C. c. winiam
A. J. Campbell & A. G. Campbell, 1927 – SE South Australia (E from Meningie and the Coorong) and NW Victoria (Big and Little Deserts).
11·5–13·5 cm; 14 g. A small, streaked acanthizid with short, stout bill, and long, slightly graduated tail usually held cocked. Nominate race has top of... read more
Song, evidently by both sexes, from top of shrub, apparently geographically variable: nominate race... read more
Chenopod shrublands dominated by saltbush (Atriplex) and bluebush (Maireana),... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, including beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), ants (Formicidae), lepidopterans and orthopterans, also... read more
Recorded in Jun–Apr, and possibly rainfall-dependent; may be double-brooded in years with good rainfall. Believed to breed as simple... read more
Resident; some local wandering owing to drought or grazing pressure seems possible.
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Uncommon and patchily distributed. Vulnerable to effects of overgrazing (although it tolerates severe conditions), habitat degradation, fire, land clearance,... read more
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