Western Grasswren (Amytornis textilis)

The Western Grasswren, also known by its scientific name Amytornis textilis, is a small, ground-dwelling bird that is very rare and endangered. It belongs to the family Maluridae and is found only in a few isolated locations in the arid and semi-arid regions of Western Australia.

The Western Grasswren has a unique appearance with brown, gray and white feathers, and a distinctive black band across its forehead. It has a long tail and strong legs that are well adapted for running on the ground. This bird is a small songbird that can measure up to 16 centimeters in length and weighs about 20 to 30 grams.

The Western Grasswren is typically found in open grasslands, heathlands, and shrublands with low vegetation. It feeds on a variety of insects and small invertebrates, such as grasshoppers, beetles, and spiders, which it catches by running along the ground and occasionally hopping or flying for short distances.

The Western Grasswren has a unique mating behavior where males establish territories and build several small dome-shaped nests on the ground. The female then chooses one of the nests, lines it with soft materials, and lays up to four eggs. Both parents participate in incubating the eggs and caring for the young.

Unfortunately, the Western Grasswren is under threat due to habitat loss and degradation caused by human activities such as grazing, urbanization, and mining. Additionally, introduced predators such as feral cats, foxes, and rabbits pose a significant threat to these birds. These factors have caused the population of Western Grasswren to decline rapidly, and it is estimated that only a few hundred individuals remain in the wild.

Therefore, conservation efforts are required to preserve this unique and rare bird. Some efforts include the restoration of habitat, controlling predator species, and setting up breeding programs to increase the population of Western Grasswrens. By taking these steps, we can ensure that this bird species continue to exist and thrive in the future.

Other names

Amytornis textilis



Western Grasswren

malur canós becgròs



smeđi vilinski palčić

trávníček tlustozobý

Brun Græssmutte

Westelijke Grassluiper


Amytis natté


Scricciolo d'erba beccogrosso


storasnapė pievinė karietaitė


zielak grubodzioby


Толстоклювый травяной малюр

Zapadni carić travar

zamatovec piesočný

Maluro occidental


Batılı Otbülbülü

трав’янчик вохристий