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New South Wales, Australia
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Passeriformes > Acanthizidae

Shy Heathwren

Hylacola cauta

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Identification

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Small bird of open mallee and heathland in southwestern Australia and southern South Australia. Medium gray-brown above, whitish below, with distinct pale supercilium, red-brown rump, large white spot in the primaries (surrounded by black), dark chest streaking, and long, cocked tail. Forages quietly on the ground. Compare Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, which has a smaller pale wing spot, no black in wing, and paler legs. Despite the name, this species is not particularly shy.

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