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Photo by Tom Tarrant
Kingston, Tasmania, February 2003
Melanodryas vittata


  • Olive brown upperparts
  • Light grey brown below
  • Indistinct white wing bar
  • Dark eyeline
  • White mark at bend of wing
  • Short thin bill


  • Dark brown upperparts with pale streaks
  • Mottled underparts


Endemic to Tasmania (with Flinders Island and King Island).



Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • M. v. vittata on Tasmania and Flinders Island
  • M. v. kingi on King Island


Dry forests, heathland and sedges, open woodland and coastal scrub.



The diet includes insects and seeds.


The cup shaped nest is made from grass, bark and roots, lined with hair and/or wool. Only the female incubates the eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birds in Backyards

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