Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus
Striated Fieldwren, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Strahan, Tasmania, Australia
February 2006

The Striated Fieldwren is distributed in south-east NSW, the south of Victoria, the south-east of SA and in Tasmania. It is found in low shrubs, coastal heaths and tussocky grasslands.

Striated Fieldwren, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is normally difficult to see as it hops along the ground looking for insects. However it does emerge to perch on shrubs, bushes and fences from where it sings.

Upperparts are olive-brown with thick black streaks while underparts are tawny with thick black streaks on the breast and flanks. There is a faint supercilium. It frequently cocks its tail.

Striated Fieldwren, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Schodde & Mason recognise four sub-species and these photos are of C. f. diemenensis which is confined to the western half of Tasmania and, in general terms, is darker and more heavily streaked than the other sub-species.
Striated Fieldwren, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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