Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Short-tailed Grasswren
Amytornis merrotsyi
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Click to listen to sound samples Restricted to the stony hilltops of the Flinders and Gawler Ranges in S.A., this recently separated form is closely related to the widespread Striated Grasswren. A lot of people go to Stokes Hill Lookout 15 km past the Wilpena turnoff on the road in to Flinders Ranges National Park to see this species, but it is widespread throughout the Flinders Ranges in spinifex country on the steep, rocky hills as far as Freeling Heights just north of Arkaroola. More recently, Lyn Pedler has found them also on high parts of the Gawler Ranges as far west as Mount Friday. Just past Stokes Hill Lookout, Willow Springs Station is a favoured venue; accommodation is available and a short walk up the hill from the homestead will usually result in success amongst the spinifex and grasstrees below the lookout. Across the main road there down on the flat amongst thick spinifex (735206) is also a good area.

Over in the Gawler Ranges another good place to stay is Mt Ive Station ( where both Short-tailed and Western Grasswrens occur. They have good facilities and miles of 4WD tracks to go birdwatching.

Photo: 735201

735201 ... Short-tailed Grasswren.

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Photo: 735203

735203 ... Showing spinifex (foreground) and hilly terrain of habitat in Flinders Range S.A.

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735204 ... Blue line indicates the approximate range in Flinders and Gammon Ranges.

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