Spotted Scrubwren Sericornis maculatus

To: "'Steve Clark'" <>
Subject: Spotted Scrubwren Sericornis maculatus
From: "Wedderburn Birding" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:12:08 +1100



As there are four scrubwren races (mellori, maculatus, balstoni and ashbyi) which were previously regarded as races of the Spotted Scrubwren, it’s not clear if all four races now form the new species as split by the IOC or just the maculatus race.


Some useful info on Graeme Chapman’s website





From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Steve Clark
Sent: Tuesday, 22 January 2019 9:58 AM
To: Christine Melrose <>; birding-aus <>
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Spotted Scrubwren Sericornis maculatus


From HBW Alive (


Subspecies and Distribution

·  S. f. balstoni Ogilvie-Grant, 1909 – coastal W Western Australia from Shark Bay and its islands S, including Houtman Abrolhos, to Dongara–Jurien Bay region.

·  S. f. maculatus Gould, 1847 – Spotted Scrubwren – SW Western Australia (from Dongara S to Bremer Bay–Hopetoun region).

·  S. f. mellori Mathews, 1912 – S Western Australia (from Bremer Bay–Hopetoun, and extending N patchily to inner Wheatbelt) E along coast, including Archipelago of the Recherche, to SE South Australia (E to S Yorke Peninsula and coastal Gulf St Vincent).

·  S. f. ashbyi Mathews, 1912 – Kangaroo I, off South Australia.

·  S. f. laevigaster Gould, 1847 – Buff-breasted Scrubwren – NE Queensland (S from Cairns and Atherton Tablelands) S to NE New South Wales and to W slopes of Great Dividing Range.

·  S. f. tweedi Mathews, 1922 – coastal and subcoastal areas from Queensland–New South Wales border S to Hunter R and inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range.

·  S. f. frontalis (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – White-browed Scrubwren – coastal and subcoastal area from EC New South Wales (Hunter R and inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range) S, except in S Victoria, to E coast of South Australia.

·  S. f. harterti Mathews, 1912 – coastal S Victoria (around Cape Otway and E to Wilson’s Promontory).

·  S. f. rosinae Mathews, 1912 – Mt Lofty Ranges, in South Australia.

·  S. f. flindersi S. A. White & Mellor, 1913 – islands in E Bass Strait (Hogan, Kent and Furneaux Groups).




Steve Clark

Hamilton, Vic



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