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Monarto Country Park, near Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, March 2008
Drymodes brunneopygia


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.


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


Mallee and acacia scrub, broombush and other dry shrubs.



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


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.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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