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  Striated Grasswren (Amytornis striatus)





Striated Grasswren | Amytornis striatus photo
Striated Grasswren, Gluepot Reserve

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STRIATED GRASSWREN FACTS

Description
The Striated Grasswren is a reddish brown grasswren. Its head is boldly streaked with black and white. The back is brown with some white streaks. The underside is creamy brown. The throat is white with black streak angling down from the base of the bill. The tail is long and angled upwards. There are three subspecies recognised with slightly different colour variations. Usually found in pairs or small groups.

Size
15cm - 18cm

Habitat
spinifex grassland, mallee scrub, sand hills, vegetated rocky outcrops

Food
insects and other small invertebrates, seeds

Breeding
builds a dome nest of grass and other plant fibre amongst spinifex grass clumps. Lays two or three white eggs with reddish brown spots near the rounded end of the egg.

Range
found in arid inland areas of Australia from central New South Wales to central Western Australia. Also found in south east parts of south Australia and across border into western Victoria and western New South Wales



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Maluridae
Genus:Amytornis
Species:striatus
Common Name:Striated Grasswren