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Southern Scrub Robin

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Photo © by Mat & CathyMonarto Country Park, near Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, March 2008
Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Monarto Country Park, near Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, March 2008
Drymodes brunneopygia


[edit] Identification

18·5–22 cm (7¼-8¾ in)

  • Dull grey-brown head and upperparts
  • Pale brown throat and underparts
  • Lighter belly
  • Bright rufous tail with a narrow white tip
  • White tipped wing coverts forming a double bar on the wing
  • Large dark eye with pale rear eye-ring and vertical black eye mark
  • Black beak and legs

Sexes are alike with the female being distinctly smaller.
Juveniles are described as similar to adults with darker plumage and streaked juvenile wing coverts.

[edit] Distribution

Southern Australia (Shark Bay, Western Australia to western and central New South Wales)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Mallee and acacia scrub, broombush and other dry shrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed on the ground searching for small invertebrates, especially certain ant species. They also sometimes look for seeds.

[edit] Breeding

Monogamous. They construct a shallow cup-shaped nest of twigs, bark and grass,which is placed on the ground.

The male feeds the female during courting.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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