Shy Heathwren (Hylacola cauta) - HBW 12, p. 589
French: Séricorne timide
Spanish: Sedosito Tímido
Other common names: Shy Hylacola, Cautious Heathwren/Groundwren/Hylacola, Mallee Wren/Groundwren/Heathwren/Hylacola, Red-rumped Groundwren/Heathwren/Hylacola, Rufous-rumped Groundwren/Heathwren/Hylacola, Shy Groundwren/Scrub-warbler; Western Groundwren/Heathwren/Hylacola (whitlocki)
Taxonomy: Hylacola cauta Gould, 1843, western belt of Murray River between Palmer and Caloote, South Australia.
Often placed in genus Calamanthus. Forms a species pair with H. pyrrhopygia. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- whitlocki Mathews, 1912 - S wheatbelt of SW Western Australia.
- cauta Gould, 1843 - S South Australia (S from N Flinders Ranges) E to Victoria (Murray-Mallee).
- halmaturina Mathews, 1912 - Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
- macrorhyncha (Schodde & Mason, 1999) - mallee regions of C & SW New South Wales.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male perched and singing. Locality Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria, Australia (ssp cauta)
Josep del Hoyo 29 October 2009 3 years ago 22 sec 4.5
A bird foraging in the undergrowth, then briefly singing from a tree Locality Monarto, South Australia, Australia (ssp cauta)
Peter Waanders 24 February 2010 3 years ago 1 min 19 sec 3.8
A male foraging on the ground (50%). Locality Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria, Australia (ssp cauta)
Josep del Hoyo 29 October 2009 3 years ago 20 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 7 photos
Shy Heathwren perched on a branch in the open
Locality Monarto, South Australia, Australia (ssp cauta)
Richard Hall 30 September 2008 3 years ago 4.4
Bird in Mallee scrub regrowth
Locality Gluepot Nature Reserve, South Australia, Australia
Jenny Spry 24 August 2011 16 weeks ago 4.1
Locality Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales, Australia (ssp macrorhyncha)
Michael Retter 1 October 2009 4 years ago 3.5
Adult singing on top of Salt-Bush mid morning.
Locality Nullarbor Roadhouse, South Australia, Australia (ssp whitlocki)
Edward Smith 19 March 2011 2 years ago 3.4
Stopped in the open, momentarily
Locality Round Hill Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Lindsay Hansch 20 September 2006 2 years ago 3.4
A frontal view of a male perched.
Locality Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Victoria, Australia (ssp cauta)
Josep del Hoyo 29 October 2009 3 years ago 3.3