Scientific Name: Amytornis purnelli
Size: 15.5 to 18 cm
What does it look and sound like?
The Dusky Grasswren is cryptically-coloured with dull reddish-brown upperparts and greyish underparts, both sexes with white streaks around the head, upper back and upper breast, but the female can often be distinguished from the male by a small rufous patch on the flanks. The species was formerly grouped with the Kalkadoon Grasswren A. ballarae, which is found further north and has more prominent white streaking, richer reddish upperparts and greyer underparts. It is generally heard before it is seen, with its short trills, drawn out ‘tseee’ and ‘tchik-tchik-tchik’ alarm call.
Where is it found?
What are its habitats & habits?
The Dusky Grasswren is an inhabitant of rocky, spinifex-clad ranges (generally in the vicinity of open woodland) of central Australia, this small grasswren can be seen bouncing and scurrying, mouse-like, along the ground amongst the spinifex tussocks, stopping to feed on small seeds, fruits and some invertebrates. It is usually observed in small groups.