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Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

(Hylacola pyrrhopygia)
Alternate name(s): "Heath-wren", "Chestnut-rumped Ground-wren", "Chestnut-tailed Ground-wren", "Scrub-warbler", "Chestnut-rumped Hylacola"
Size: 13-14 cm; wing span 16-19 cm
Weight: 17 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Chestnut-rumped Heathwren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "pyrrhopygius"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Chestnut-rumped Heathwren; males have a whitish, striated breast
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2017]

Lateral view of a male Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2017]

FEMALE

Full-frontal view of a female Chestnut-rumped Heathwren launching itself into the air
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, February 2017]

Lateral view of a female Chestnut-rumped Heathwren foraging in dense underbrush; females have creamy breast plumage with less prominent striation than males
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2011]

The same female Chestnut-rumped Heathwren above, now in better light and with its head turned
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2011]

This dorsal view shows clearly the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren's name-giving chestnut-coloured rump
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, October 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Partially obscured close-up lateral view of an immature Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Lateral view of an immature Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Dorsal view of an immature Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, July 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Birds in general will try to be hidden from view while studying a human observer. The photo taken below (in this case of a Buff-rumped Thornbill) does not just show a chance configuration, but this type of behaviour is observed by us regularly. Small, shy bird species, such as e.g. Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens, are particularly good at this.

Buff-rumped Thornbill using leaves of a shrub to hide behind
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, March 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Being a bit larger than Fairy-wrens, Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens have a more voluminous voice and also an audibly stronger wingbeat.

crhwren_20140327.mp3 pyrrhopygius
(NW NSW)
Territorial call © MD
crhwren_20140313_4.mp3 pyrrhopygius
(NW NSW)
Warning call (human) © MD
crhwren_20140313.mp3 pyrrhopygius
(NW NSW)
Warning call (human) © MD

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