French: Acanthize d’Iredale German: Grunddornschnabel Spanish: Acantiza de Iredale
Lake Way, west-central Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. i. iredalei
Mathews, 1911 – patchily in W, C & SE Western Australia and SW South Australia.
A. i. hedleyi
Mathews, 1912 – deserts of SE South Australia and Little Desert of CW Victoria.
A. i. rosinae
Mathews, 1913 – coastal South Australia, fringing Gulf St Vincent.
8·5–11 cm; 6 g. Small thornbill with rather fine bill, heavily scalloped forehead. Nominate race has blackish forehead patch coarsely scalloped white, narrow... read more
Song a wavering “preeur” trill of up to several seconds’ duration (not often... read more
Chenopod shrublands of samphire, bluebush (Maireana), saltbush (Atriplex), and... read more
Food and feeding
Prey includes centipedes (Chilopoda), spiders (Araneae), beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), bees, wasps and ants (... read more
Season Jul–Nov throughout range. Breeds as pair; some suggestion of possible rare co-operative breeding (5–6 individuals taking... read more
Sedentary; in colour-ringing study, individuals highly sedentary within 25-ha study area, with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Localized and uncommon; tends to be rather quiet and inconspicuous in often inaccessible habitat. Thought to have declined in arid inland areas such... read more
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