Opalton Grasswren (Amytornis rowleyi)

The Opalton Grasswren is a small, elusive bird found only in a tiny patch of Australia's outback. This bird is a member of the family Maluridae, which also includes the well-known Superb and Fairywrens. The Opalton Grasswren is one of the rarest members of this family, with a population of only several hundred individuals estimated to exist in the wild.

The Opalton Grasswren is a small bird, measuring around 12-15 cm in length and weighing between 8-12 g. They have a distinctive olive-grey plumage with a rusty-brown back and a fine, pointed bill. These birds have short wings and a long tail, which they often flick and quiver while moving in and out of the low scrub bush which is their preferred habitat.

Opalton Grasswrens are ground-dwelling birds, spending much of their time foraging for food among the low vegetation of their habitat. They feed on a range of insects and other small invertebrates, which they find by pecking and probing in the sandy soil. They are notoriously furtive and difficult to spot, often remaining hidden in the dense undergrowth when humans are nearby.

The Opalton Grasswren is named after the small settlement of Opalton in Queensland, where it was first discovered in the late 1800s. This bird's habitat is limited to a small area of spinifex and low scrub bush around the Opalton area, making it particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation. The Opalton Grasswren is listed as "Endangered" under Australian legislation, and a range of conservation measures have been implemented to protect its remaining habitat and monitor its population.

In conclusion, the Opalton Grasswren is a rare and fascinating little bird, with a unique habitat and behaviour. Despite its small size, it is a symbol of the incredible diversity of Australian wildlife, and serves as a reminder of the importance of conserving these precious ecosystems for future generations.

Other names

Amytornis rowleyi



Opalton Grasswren






Amytis de Rowley




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Опалтонский травяной малюр

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