Short-tailed Grasswren RFI

To: Tony Russell <>
Subject: Short-tailed Grasswren RFI
From: mayalex <>
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2000 13:11:51 +0930
Hello Tony

Good sites to observe Amytornis merrotsyi are amongst the spinifex (triodia)
grassland/open mallee habitat growing mostly at higher altitudes within the
igneous formations of the Mount Painter Geological Province.   >From Mount Gee
and Mount Painter, east to Yudnamutuna Gorge and also Radium Ridge and Freeling
Heights are especially good areas to locate them.  Exact spots with good
sighting probability for A. merrotsyi is at the Armchair Basin and nearby
Streitzberg Ridge (northern side of Mount Ward) this latter site being also a
good location to find Painted Finches, Yellow-fronted Honeyeaters and Little
Woodswallows.   Both of these sites are adjacent to the ridge-top track at

Other good sites but normally with less probability of finding these birds are
dense spinifex/open mallee habitats growing on sedimentary formations near
Oraparinna and also at a few sites on the Gammon plateau.   A good way to
locate them is to search on calm mornings and evenings during moderately hot
weather (late summer and early autumn is often best), during the first and last
hours of daylight, listening carefully for their characteristic high pitched
calls.  At the higher altitude habitats within the igneous zones of the
Northern Flinders Ranges, other species are relatively few, so the calls of A.
merrotsyi are generally distinct and isolated from other sounds.   People with
good hearing for high pitched notes often have an advantage for finding them.

Good luck


Ian May

Tony Russell wrote:

> Hi, would anyone knowing an exact location for the Short-tailed Grasswren (
> Amytornis merrotsyi, formerly A.striatus merrotsyi) in the Northern
> Flinders Ranges please make contact with me. Thank you.
> Tony.
> Tony Russell,
>   Adelaide, South Australia
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