More Grasswren splits

To: Mike Carter <>
Subject: More Grasswren splits
From: Murray Lord <>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:10:46 +1000

They have split Striated Grasswren into four species – Rowleyi (‘Rusty 
Grasswren’) from western Queensland; whitei (‘Pilbara Grasswren’); oweni 
(‘Sandhill Grasswren’) which is said to occur South Australia west of Port 
Augusta up through southern NT and the eastern side of WA; which leaves 
striatus as just occurring in the mallee country of south eastern SA, NSW and 

Interesting to note that whitei was treated as a species in the 1926 RAOU 
checklist, with the common name of Rufous Grasswren. We have finally got back 
to recognizing all of the Grasswrens species that were listed then!


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