Shy Heathwren (species: Hylacola cauta) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Hylacola cauta
Shy Heathwren

©Peripitus on Wikipedia: Shy Heathwren (Hylacola cauta), Southern Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae
Genus Hylacola
Species Hylacola cauta



Distinguishing features

The birds are cock-tailed bird with a chestnut rump that darkens towards the tip. Their feathers are white with brown streaking underneath and greyish-brown on the back and crown. They have a white eyebrow, tail tip and patch on the flight feathers and a black bill. Their eyes are brown to yellowish-brown and legs are slate-brown. Females have slightly duller colouring, and immature birds duller again with some of these being fawn coloured underneath. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 15 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to all specimens (this is a very rough estimate).


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are uncommon residents across a wide part of Australia. Ranging from near West Wyalong in New South Wales to the Murchison River in Western Australia.

In New South Wales they are found in two isolated populations - one between Leeton, Willandra, New South Wales, Nymagee and West Wyalong, and the other from Balranald to Trentham Cliffs. (Wikipedia)

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