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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Locustellidae
Genus: Megalurus
Species: M. carteri
Binomial name
Megalurus carteri
North, 1900

Eremiornis carteri

The spinifexbird (Megalurus carteri) is endemic to inland Australia. It has a rich brown cap, golden brown streaked wings, and a long tail. Both sexes are alike. Its diet comprises a variety of insects and seeds collected in porcupine grass. This species flies weakly, with its tail drooping. It tends to be solitary, and therefore is not migratory. The breeding season of the spinifexbird stretches from August to November and the nest is a shallow cup built in grass stems close to the ground. It usually contains two eggs. Not globally threatened, the species may be common in suitable habitats, although it is rarely seen due to the remote and arid nature of its habitat.


  • Bird; the Definitive Visual Guide.