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The range and habitat characteristics of the thick-billed grasswren (Amytornis textilis) in the Shark Bay region, Western Australia

Brooker, B. (2000) The range and habitat characteristics of the thick-billed grasswren (Amytornis textilis) in the Shark Bay region, Western Australia. Wildlife Research, 27 (3). pp. 245-256.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR99041
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Abstract

The thick-billed grasswren (Amytornis textilis) has a disjunct distribution in the Shark Bay region, with one population confined to Peron Peninsula and the other further inland on Woodleigh Station and the north-eastern corner of Hamelin Station. Grasswrens were found in several vegetation types, including acacia shrublands, Triodia spinifex and the dense vegetation in drainage depressions. Vegetation characteristics that appeared important determinants of grasswren presence were recumbent acacias and low shrubs within the 0-1-m height category, and shrub clumps of high foliage density. These shrub clumps comprised climbers and recumbent low shrubs with interwoven branches, often in association with other plant species. Habitats with this shrub structure may provide the grasswren with ideal nesting sites. The possible effects of grazing and fire on this shrub structure are discussed.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Copyright: © CSIRO 2000
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35965
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