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Australian bird habitats:
Spinifex grassland

Aboriginal names: "tjanpi" = Triodia (Spinifex) grass; "pila" = Triodia (Spinifex) plain

Description of habitat

This page describes open, arid inland habitats dominated by what is commonly called "Spinifex grass", but is correctly known as "Triodia" , of which more than 60 different species are known. These hummock-forming grasses of the arid interior are not to be confused with the coastal true Spinifex commonly found on dunes.

Note that we list here only birds that are regularly found in, or may even have a preference for, Triodia ("Spinifex") grass. There is a separate page describing open grassland in general.

Bird species found in this type of habitat or plant

This is not necessarily a complete list. We display here some examples of bird species found by us in this kind of habitat or plant. Hover your cursor on thumbnails to see names of species; click on thumbnail to go to the page describing the species.


Landscape in the Hammersley Ranges, WA, dominated by Triodia ("spinifex") grass (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Single hummock of Triodia ("spinifex") grass (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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