Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus)


French: Séricorne strié German: Strichelhuscher Spanish: Sedosito estriado

Anthus fuliginosus

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

Derwent River district, south-east Tasmania, Australia


Close to C. montanellus and C. campestris. All three often treated as conspecific, with plumage differences largely clinal, and vocalizations very similar, while preliminary DNA work suggests insignificant genetic differences between montanellus and other fieldwrens in Western Australia; however, lines of parapatry exist between present species and campestris and between latter and montanellus, and some vocal differences apparent; further study required before taxonomic revision appropriate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. bourneorum Schodde & Mason, 1999 – SE South Australia and SW Victoria (W Bassian Plain).
  • C. f. albiloris North, 1902 – coastal SE New South Wales (Illawarra region) S to C Bassian Plain of Victoria.
  • C. f. diemenensis North, 1904 – W Tasmania.
  • C. f. fuliginosus (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – E Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–14 cm; 20 g. A small, heavily streaked acanthizid with short, stout bill, and long, slightly graduated tail usually held cocked. Male nominate race has... read more


    Cheerful, loud, whistled musical rattly phrase, “whit whit chee whit whit pee chew” and... read more


    Low dense vegetation, including heath, shrublands, tussock grass, saltmarsh, samphire and sedges,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly arthropods, also seeds. Arthropods taken include beetles (of families Carabidae, Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Dytiscidae,... read more


    Season May–Mar; may have up to three broods in favourable year. Nests as simple pair, which may occupy territory of several hectares... read more


    Resident; some local wandering in New South Wales, with records from near Sydney, 160 km NE of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered to be generally uncommon; listed as “Vulnerable” in New South Wales. Has suffered habitat loss through land clearance and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 February 2019).