French: Séricorne timide German: Sandhuscher Spanish: Sedosito tímido
western belt of Murray River between Palmer and Caloote, South Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. whitlocki
(Mathews, 1912) – S Wheatbelt of SW Western Australia.
C. c. cautus
(Gould, 1843) – S South Australia (S from N Flinders Ranges) E to Victoria (Murray Mallee).
C. c. halmaturinus
(Mathews, 1912) – Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
C. c. macrorhynchus
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – mallee regions of C & SW New South Wales.
11·5–14 cm; 15 g. A terrestrial species with prominent white supercilium extending well behind eye, long tail held cocked; rufous base of tail and white in wing... read more
Song a sweet melodious warbling, “chee-chee-chick-a-dee”, repeated; degree of mimicry... read more
Prefers dense shrubby or heath understorey in mallee woodland, mallee shrubland or mallee heath in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, also spiders (Araneae) and seeds. Insects recorded in diet include beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), lerp... read more
Season Jul–Dec; often double-brooded. Likely to maintain territory in breeding season. Nest a compact dome, with side entrance at... read more
Resident, may make local movements in response to severe drought, but little information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to uncommon, and generally local. Has declined or disappeared in many areas where mallee has been cleared or fragmented; now considered... read more
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