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Female has pale chestnut flanks
Endemic to Australia.
There are 3 subspecies :
An additional subspecies owensi is generally considered invalid
A former subspecies, A. s. merrotsyi located in the Flinders and Gawler Ranges in South Australia is now considered sufficiently distinctive to be given full species status, Short-tailed Grasswren, Amytornis merrotsyi
Skilled at hiding and keep growth between themselves and any observer, so the chance of finding is remote. Occasionally in spring breeding will be sighted while singing.
The female builds a domed nest out of dry grasses and bark, lined with fur, soft vegetation or feathers. The 2-3 eggs are incubated for two weeks; the young leave the nest two weeks later.
The diet includes seeds, insects and spiders.
High, scratchy trills, "chweep, chweep" for contact and "tsee, tsee". In alarm, "tzirr". Also musical notes "tsee-tsee, piew-piew"
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