Amytornis housei Milligan, 1902, central Kimberleys, Western Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Amytis noir; German: Schwarzkehl-Grasschlьpfer; Spanish: Ratona de la Hierba Negra.
8.3 in (21 cm); female 0.83–0.98 oz (23.5–27.9 g), male 1.0–1.1 oz (29.0–31 g). A large, dark grasswren, with rusty back and long, broad tail.
Rare and local in the Kimberley Division of northwestern Western Australia.
Found among tumbled sandstone outcrops and gorges, in spinifex and scrub.
Poor fliers, and move about in groups by hopping among tussocks. Song is low-pitched and includes buzzing notes and trills.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Forage mostly on ground for invertebrates and seeds of various grasses.
Breeding biology is poorly known.
Although not threatened by IUCN criteria, it is rare and local in
. May be threatened by frequent fires.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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