November 16, 2016 – Carpentarian Grasswren (Amytornis dorotheae)

These grasswrens live mainly among the sandstone outcrops south of the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia, with some small populations found in other areas of the country. Their diet is made up of seeds and small insects foraged from rocky crevices and shrubs. Secretive and rarely seen, they travel in pairs or small family groups. They are probably communal breeders, building bulky nests hidden in mature spinifex grass clumps. Females incubate the eggs and chicks remain with family groups for at least a year after fledging. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to frequent and poorly managed fires in their range that limit nesting sites and possibly some disturbance from mining and tourism.


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