French: Mérion leucoptère German: Weißflügel-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro aliblanco
Dumont de Sainte Croix
Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. edouardi
A. J. Campbell, 1901 – Barrow I, in Western Australia.
M. l. leucopterus
Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1824 – Dirk Hartog I, in Western Australia.
M. l. leuconotus
Gould, 1865 – coast of Western Australia E across most of mainland (except N) to C & S Queensland, EC New South Wales and NW Victoria.
11–13·5 cm; 6–8 g. Male nominate race in Bright plumage is glossy black all over, except for white scapulars, secondary wing-coverts and innermost... read more
Song a few short introductory notes followed by prolonged reel of up to 4 seconds’ duration... read more
Low shrubland throughout arid and semi-arid areas, especially in samphire on saltpans and chenopod... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, especially beetles (Coleoptera); also spiders (Araneae). Also eats some seeds of plant genera Rhagodia, Chenopodium... read more
Reported in all months except Jun, mainly in spring and summer but also after good rains in autumn, females renest after failure; in... read more
Resident. May be locally nomadic outside breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in much of its extensive range. In regional assessments of conservation status of taxa, mainland race leuconotus is considered secure... read more
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