Bristlebirds (Dasyornithidae)

Rufous Bristlebird (Dasyornis broadbenti) - HBW 12, p. 541

French: Dasyorne roux German: Rotkopf-Lackvogel Spanish: Picocerdas Rufo
Other common names: Lesser Rufous/Rufous-backed/Southern Bristlebird, Cartwheel-bird

Taxonomy: Sphenura Broadbenti McCoy, 1867, 24 miles [38·4 km] from Portland Bay, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.
Possible intermediates between nominate race and caryochrous in Victoria; further study required. Proposed race whitei, from SE South Australia (E from Coorong area and Younghusband Peninsula) and adjacent extreme SW Victoria (R Glenelg), considered inseparable from nominate. Extinct race litoralis, geographically isolated in coastal SW Western Australia (Cape Naturaliste S to Cape Mentelle and R Margaret), smaller and brighter than others and apparently vocally different; was possibly a separate species. Two extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • broadbenti (McCoy, 1867) - coastal SE South Australia (E from the Coorong) and W Victoria (E to Portland Bay).
  • caryochrous Schodde & Mason, 1999 - from Peterborough E along coast to Otway Peninsula, in S Victoria.