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Little Grassbird

(Megalurus gramineus)
Alternate name(s): "Little Marshbird", "Striated Grassbird"
Size: 13-15 cm
Weight: 12 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Grassbird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "goulburni"

ADULT

Close-up frontal view of a Little Grassbird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

Distant frontal view of a Little Grassbird
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

Close-up lateral view of a Little Grassbird (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, January 2014]

Lateral view of a Little Grassbird in reeds
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

Here a clearer view of a Little Grassbird's breast
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

View onto a Little Grassbird hanging off a reed stalk with its head down
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Little Grassbird in typical posture, now seen more sideways
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

This photo of a Little Grassbird shows the characteristic streaking of its breast and the long whitish brow line
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Dorsal view of a Little Grassbird with its tail up high
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2010]

Dorsal view of a Little Grassbird in reeds
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

Find the bird - who can spot the Little Grassbird?
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

Little Grassbird issuing its call
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, August 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up frontal view of an immature Little Grassbird looking sideways; note the characteristic yellow tinge around the bill (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

Close-up frontal view of an immature Little Grassbird looking sideways; note the characteristic yellow tinge around the bill (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Wynnum Wetlands, Brisbane, QLD, August 2017]

Race "thomasi"

ADULT

Lateral view of a Little Grassbird in reeds (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Lake Claremont, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Little Grassbird, in a posture typical of this species, with the head down and the tail high up (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Lake Claremont, Perth, WA, January 2015]

Behaviour

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

Little Grassbirds are secretive birds that, although audible when calling, are very hard to find for visual identification.

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.

A significant number of contact calls are presented here to document their variability, in particular in pitch.

ltgrass_20161218.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20160817_2.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20140918.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20160613.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20160613_1.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20150909_2.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ltgrass_20151003.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
ltgrass_20170213.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
ltgrass_20170213_3.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
Various © MD
ltgrass_20170213_2.mp3 goulburni
(NW NSW)
? © MD

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