Fairy-wrens (Maluridae)

Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis textilis) - HBW 12, p. 530

French: Amytis natté German: Dickschnabel-Grasschlüpfer Spanish: Maluro Picogordo
Other common names: Western/Large-tailed Grasswren (nominate and myall); Eastern Grasswren (modestus)

Taxonomy: Malurus textilis Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1824, Peron Peninsula, Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Relationships uncertain. Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with A. purnelli. Has been suggested, on basis primarily of morphological differences, that race modestus represents a separate species. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • textilis (Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1824) - Shark Bay region, in Western Australia.
  • modestus (North, 1902) - extreme S Northern Territory (Macdonnell Ranges) and N & C South Australia (L Eyre-L Frome basin).
  • myall (Mathews, 1916) - N Eyre Peninsula (including Gawler Ranges), in South Australia.