Chestnut-rumped heathwren

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Chestnut-rumped heathwren
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Acanthizidae
Genus: Hylacola
Species: H. pyrrhopygia
Binomial name
Hylacola pyrrhopygia
(Vigors & Horsfield, 1827)
Synonyms
  • Calamanthus pyrrhopygia pyrrhopygia Christidis and Boles (2008)
  • Hylacola pyrrhopygius pyrrhopygius Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)

The chestnut-rumped heathwren (Hylacola pyrrhopygia) is a species of bird in the family Acanthizidae. It is endemic to temperate and subtropical forests of Australia.

Description[edit]

The chestnut-rumped heathwrens is a small bushland bird with an olive-brown back, reddish-brown chest, and streaked brown-on-white chest. There is a terminal grey band on the tail. Both sexes have a prominent white eyebrow; eyes are yellow, while bill, legs and feet are grey.[2] It measures 14 cm (5.5 in) in length.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species has a wide range, occurring in temperate and subtropical forest and bush habitats throughout mainland Australia.[1]

Conservation[edit]

The species is currently classified as Least Concern by the IUCN. However, it is nationally listed as Endangered in South Australia[4] and Vulnerable in Victoria.,[5] with continued fragmentation and loss of habitat and predation by introduced predators being regarded as the main pressures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Hylacola pyrrhopygia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T22704604A39302518. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Chestnut-rumped Heathwren". Mdahlem.net. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Iain; Woods, Sam; Leseberg, Nick (2015). Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide. Princeton, NJ, US: Princeton University Press. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-691-15727-6. 
  4. ^ "Threatened Species Profile:Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Mount Lofty Ranges)" (PDF). Natural Resources: Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges. 
  5. ^ Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (2007). Advisory List of Threatened Vertebrate Fauna in Victoria - 2007. East Melbourne, Victoria: Department of Sustainability and Environment. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-74208-039-0.