New Grasswren Species

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Subject: New Grasswren Species
From: Richard Baxter <>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:19:16 -0800 (PST)
Hello all,
            With the recent release of the new 2011 Australian Birdlist, which 
includes several updates from the 2008 list, I found myself needing another 
grasswren.  The newly split Thick-billed GrasswrenAmytornismodestus( Gawler 
Ranges SA etc).  

I'd only previously seenA textilis, which is now called Western Grasswren from 
Shark Bay, Monkey Mia etc.

Having a couple days spare after seeing the Hoopoe in Broome I decided to head 
down to Mt Ive Station in the Gawler Ranges.  Mt Ive is about seven hours drive 
from Adelaide Airport and with dry roads can be reached with a 2WD or SUV quite 

Birdlife in general wasn't all that abundant, with most of the species seen at 
the station visible on the drive in.  Despite the general lack of birds, the 
Grasswren were plentiful.  I stayed in the stone cottage and had 
seen modestuswithin minutes of arriving and within 100m of my accommodation.  I 
walked down the side of the main dam, adjacent to the runway.  At the back of 
the dam wall there was a depression, which although dry, obviously often holds 
water.  A quick squeak and out popped three grasswren.

The other species on the property and also close to the accommodation is the 
A.m.pedleri sub species of Short-tailed Grasswren.   To see this I parked at 
the base of Mt-Ive and walked straight up the hill to the aerial.  I saw two 
birds on the way up and a further three on the top.  Again, very easy to see.

This ssp is very different in appearance to the Flinder's Ranges race.

Note: The new 2011 Australian Birdlist download Excel version is on Tony 
Palliser's Birder's Total webpage.

Richard Baxter

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