Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Western Fieldwren (Calamanthus montanellus)


Taxonomy

French: Séricorne montanelle German: Gelbbauchhuscher Spanish: Sedosito occidental
Taxonomy:

Calamanthus montanellus

Milligan

, 1903,

Stirling Range, south Western Australia

.

See C. fuliginosus. Separation of present species and C. campestris into two species is provisional#R, requiring confirmation of parapatric distributions and clear differences in voice. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Western Australia S of a line drawn roughly from Geraldton SE to Point Culver (but excluding extreme SW corner).

Descriptive notes

11·5–13·5 cm; 14 g. A small, streaked acanthizid with short, relatively fine bill, and long, slightly graduated tail usually held cocked. Male has... read more

Voice

Distinctive; a musical short phrase, “per-chee chip ter chewee”, slightly upswept at end, different... read more

Habitat

Mallee and coastal heaths and woodland thickets and shrublands, including paperbarks (Melaleuca... read more

Food and feeding

Largely insectivorous, also seeds, but details poorly known as species often subsumed in C. campestris. Arthropods taken include... read more

Breeding

Season Jul–Dec; may be double-brooded in years with good rainfall. Domed nest with side entrance, made of coarse dry grass, dry... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Uncommon. Much of this species’ habitat has been cleared or modified for farming, and is now considerably fragmented. May survive for a time in remnants such as... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2019). Western Fieldwren (Calamanthus montanellus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59805 on 18 February 2019).