Liverpool Plains (possibly on lower Namoi River), New South Wales, Australia.
See A. woodwardi and A. merrotsyi. In HBW race oweni considered to fall within range of variation of nominate, but here recognized (“small and rufous but with a white belly”#R). In recent study, races oweni, whitei and rowleyi all separated as species chiefly on molecular distances#R, but this arrangement is weakly supported by morphological and ecological evidence: thus, species rank for oweni is based on genetic distance, minor plumage differences, biogeography and habitat (sandhill vegetation)#R; for whitei (unsampled genetically) on habitat (rocky-outcrop vegetation) and relatively strong morphological characters (“large and rufous” vs “large and grey-brown” of nominate)#R; for rowleyi on genetic distance, geographical isolation and morphology#R, namely shorter tail (but sample size very small, with overlap apparent), slightly paler upperparts and underparts and (possibly) other very minor characters#R. Fuller gathering and presentation of all lines of evidence recommended in order to allow rigorous assessment of these taxa. Four subspecies recognized.
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Status and conservation
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