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Subspecies 'alisteri'
Photo © by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Road Queensland, Australia, Jan 2021
Cincloramphus timoriensis

Megalurus timoriensis


Similar Species

Papuan Grassbird is larger, has a longer tail, has less rufous in cap area and darker underparts.


Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.


Papuan Grassbird was formerly considered conspecific.


10 subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C.t. tweeddalei
  • C.t. mindorensis
  • C.t. alopex
  • C.t. crex
  • C.t. celebensis
  • C.t. amboinensis
  • C.t. inquirendus
  • C.t. timoriensis
  • C.t. muscalis
  • C.t. alisteri




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdforum thread discussing id and taxonomy of this species

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