French: Mégalure du spinifex German: Spinifexsänger Spanish: Yerbera del spinifex
North West Cape, north-western Australia
Australia: very patchily from coastal Western Australia (including some islands) E in arid uplands (in band between 19° S and 26° S) to W & C Queensland.
14–16 cm; c. 22–25 g. A grassbird-like warbler with very long tail, graduated towards tip; tail-coverts above and below very long. Crown is dull rufous, shading... read more
Song, delivered from top of acacia bush (Acacia) or large hummock of spinifex grass (... read more
Stands of spinifex grass, particularly where old large hummocks of spinifex become mixed with... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists mostly of small invertebrates, especially grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and small beetles (Coleoptera); variety of seeds also... read more
Season Aug–Nov, but sudden extensive rainfall at other times can trigger breeding activity; may rear two broods in good seasons. Nest... read more
Resident so far as is known. Discovery of a “new” population in C Queensland in 2002... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally quite common, but extremely localized. Densest population known is on Barrow I, off coast of Western Australia, where this is the most most... read more
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