Amytornis Textilis Bird

Amytornis Textilis Bird

Amytornis Textilis Bird

English Name:  Western Grasswren
Latin Name:  Amytornis textilis
Protonym:  Malurus textilis Dict.Sci.Nat. 30 p.117
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Maluridae / Amytornis
Taxonomy Code:  thbgra1
Type Locality:  Shark Bay, midwestern Australia = Peron Peninsula, midwestern Australia, fide Mathews, 1923, Birds Australia, 10, p. 172.
Author:  Dumont
Publish Year:  1824
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


(Maluridae; Ϯ Thick-billed Grasswren A. textilis) Genus Amytis Lesson, 1831, grasswren; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Textile Wren ... its mode of progression on the ground is such as no description can convey an accurate conception of, and must be seen to be understood: I cannot perhaps compare it with anything, unless with the motion of an Indian-rubber ball when thrown forcibly along the ground. While stealing from bush to bush, with this rapid movement, its head low and tail perfectly erect, it presents an exceedingly droll appearance" (Gould 1865); "Malurinæ  ...  Amytornis textilis, with two allied species, also from Australia, belong here, wren-like birds of brown plumage, with curious whitish longitudinal streaks" (Stejneger 1885); "Amytornis Stejneger, 1885, in Kingsley, Standard Nat. Hist., 4, p. 499. New name for Amytis Lesson, 1831, preoccupied by Amytis Savigny, 1822." (Mayr in Peters, 1986, XI, p. 404).   
Synon. Amictus, Amytis, Cryptamytis, Diaphorillas, Eyramytis, Magnamytis, Mytisa.

L. textilis braided, plaited < texere to weave.


Western Grasswren (Western)
Latin Name: Amytornis textilis textilis
L. textilis braided, plaited < texere to weave.

Western Grasswren (Gawler Ranges)
Latin Name: Amytornis textilis myall
Myall Creek, Gawler Ranges, South Australia.