French: Queue-de-gaze du Sud German: Rotstirn-Borstenschwanz Spanish: Maluro meridional
Port Jackson = Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. hartogi
Carter, 1916 – Dirk Hartog I, off Western Australia.
S. m. westernensis
A. J. Campbell, 1912 – SW Western Australia.
S. m. parimeda
Schodde & Weatherly, 1981 – S Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia.
S. m. halmaturinus
Parsons, 1920 – Kangaroo I, off SE South Australia.
S. m. intermedius
Ashby, 1920 – Mt Lofty Ranges, in SE South Australia.
S. m. malachurus
(Shaw, 1798) – SE Queensland coast (from Noosa) S, E of Dividing Range, to SE Victoria (W to Otway Range).
S. m. polionotum
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – SE South Australia and SW Victoria.
S. m. littleri
Mathews, 1912 – Tasmania.
15·5–19 cm; 5·5–9 g. Small-bodied malurid with tail twice as long as body, filamentous rectrices loosely webbed. Male nominate race is black-... read more
Song a soft descending trill with a few short introductory notes, similar to Malurus song... read more
Coastal heaths, swamps, dune thickets, cutting rushes (Gahnia) and button-grass (... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Forages by hop-search on ground, with tail held erect; probes vegetation and snatches resting insects. Beats moths (... read more
Aug–Jan; may start second nest c. 8 weeks after first brood fledged. Breeds as a pair; territorial; male helpers present with 8% of... read more
Resident. During autumn and winter travels locally in small groups; limited ringing studies reveal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally abundant in suitable habitat; uncommon to rare in parts of range. Restricted races becoming rare as coastal heaths, swamps and dune thickets... read more
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