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- Stipiturus ruficeps
- 12-13 cms (including tail)
- 6.5-7.5 cms (excluding tail) - would be Australia's smallest bird, if not for the tail.
- The lightest Australian bird, weighing less than 5g.
- Male is deep violet/blue set against rufous
Australia- From north-west coast through the interior of the continent to inland Queensland. Thought to be common.
This is a monotypic species.
Found in spinifex bushes, including on dunes, ranges and the plains.
Active early. Uses spinifex as a vantage point, before disappearing into cover. Makes short flights over the bushes.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Field Guide to Australia Birds (Michael Morcombe, 2003)
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