Epthianura lovensis Ashby, 1911, Leigh Creek, South Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Gibber chat, desert chat, desert bird; French: Epthianure d’Ashby; German: Wьstentrugschmдtzer; Spanish: Curruca Desйrtica. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS 5 in (13 cm); 0.65 oz (18 g). Yellow cheek, throat, and underparts; crown and upperparts are sandy brown and used as camouflage on stony terrain.
Borders of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, and Northern Territory in central Australia.
Gibber plains, which are sparsely vegetated, stony deserts, and occasionally claypans.
Singly, in pairs, and small flocks. Run along ground and bob tail. Piping and twittering calls, attractive song.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Gleans invertebrates from ground and sometimes from the air. Eats seeds.
Breeds mostly in spring, but may at other times as well. Cupshaped nests made in depressions in ground. Clutches are of two to four eggs; most aspects of breeding poorly known.
Not threatened. Has possibly benefited from grazing by livestock.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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