Thick-billed grasswren

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Thick-billed grasswren
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Maluridae
Genus: Amytornis
Species: A. modestus
Binomial name
Amytornis modestus
(North, 1902)

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  • Amytornis textilis modestus

The thick-billed grasswren (Amytornis modestus) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to Australia.[2][3] Its natural habitat is Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation.


While not completely accepted by all authourities, the following seven subspecies are recognized by Clements and the IOC:[4]

  • A. m. modestus(North, 1902): Now extinct. Formerly found in Northern Territory (central Australia)
  • A. m. indulkanna(Mathews, 1916): Found in Northern Territory and South Australia (central Australia)
  • A. m. raglessiBlack, 2011: Found in Flinders Ranges in South Australia (central Australia)
  • A. m. curnamonaBlack, 2011: Found in Lake Frome Basin in South Australia (central Australia)
  • A. m. cowarieBlack, 2016: Found in Sturt Stony Desert in South Australia (central Australia)
  • A. m. obscurior(Mathews, 1923): Found in New South Wales (central Australia)
  • A. m. inexpectatus(Mathews, 1912): Now extinct. Formerly found in New South Wales (central Australia)


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2009). "Amytornis textilis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amytornis modestus — Thick-billed Grasswren (eastern)". Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Australian Government. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Black, Andrew; Carpenter, Graham; Pedler, Lynn (September 2011). "Distribution and habitats of the Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis modestus and comparison with the Western Grasswren Amytornis textilis myall in South Australia" (PDF). South Australian Ornithologist. 37 (2): 60–80. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  4. ^ IOC v.6.3