Fairy-wrens (Maluridae)

Striated Grasswren (Amytornis striatus) - HBW 12, p. 530

French: Amytis strié German: Streifengrasschlüpfer Spanish: Maluro Estriado
Other common names: Spinifex/Striped Grasswren; Rufous Grasswren (whitei)

Taxonomy: Dasyornis striatus Gould, 1840, Liverpool Plains (possibly on lower Namoi River), New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with A. merrotsyi. Until recently considered conspecific, but latter falls outside range of variation found in present species, and the two are possibly sympatric in Gawler Ranges; separation at species level further supported by protein evidence. Proposed race oweni (described from C Western Australia) considered to fall within range of variation of nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • whitei Mathews, 1910 - Pilbara region of W Western Australia.
  • striatus (Gould, 1840) - from C Western Australia E to C & S Northern Territory, NW, C & SE South Australia and NW Victoria, and inland New South Wales (including R Namoi).
  • rowleyi Schodde & Mason, 1999 - C uplands of Cooper-Diamantina Basin, in C Queensland.