French: Acanthize ardoisé German: Graurücken-Dornschnabel Spanish: Acantiza pizarrosa
Day Dawn, Murchison district, Western Australia
Arid and semi-arid regions from WC Western Australia E to S Northern Territory, N South Australia and SW Queensland.
9·5–11·5 cm; 6 g. Medium-sized rather plain thornbill with relatively stout bill. Plumage is slate-grey above, with fine blackish streaking on forehead... read more
Song a “chwip-wip, cheeeooweep chwip chwip” series, interspersed with sharp higher-... read more
Primarily mulga (Acacia aneura) woodland with understorey of emu-bush (Eremophila... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Usually seen singly or in pairs, sometimes in small groups of up to eight individuals, with smaller groups likely to be... read more
Season Jul–Nov; sometimes double-brooded. Reported as breeding in pairs, but very poorly known. Nest built by female, inconspicuous,... read more
Presumed to be sedentary, although some suggestion of local seasonal wandering.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon and poorly known species of remote semi-arid and arid regions. Much of its habitat is in designated national parks and reserves, and the... read more
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