Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
Inland Thornbill, Wilpena Pound, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image

The Inland Thornbill is distributed inland of the Great Dividing Range and across to Western Australia but is missing from the tropical north and Tasmania. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in dry scrub and woodland.

Inland Thornbill, Wilpena Pound, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image It is the inland equivalent of Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla and is greyer above with whitish rather than buff scallops on the forehead. Although Wilpena Pound where photos 1 to 3 were taken is in the zone of intergradation of 3 sub-species I think this is probably the nominate race given the cinnamon-russet tone of the flanks, undertail coverts and belly.
Inland Thornbill, Wilpena Pound, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Photos 4 and 5 were taken at Porongurup in Western Australia and are probably of the sub-species A. a. whitlocki given the coarser scalloping on the forehead and the duller rufous-brown uppertail coverts.
Inland Thornbill, Porongurup, Western Australia, October 2013 - click for larger image
Inland Thornbill, Porongurup, Western Australia, October 2013 - click for larger image
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