Little GrassbirdScientific name: Megalurus gramineus

Meaning of name: Megalurus is from the Greek words megas, meaning large, and ura, meaning tail. Gramineus is a Latin word meaning grassy.

Distribution: Widespread in southwestern and southeastern parts of Australia. Scattered occurrences elsewhere.

Description: Up to 15cm long with a 17cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2 km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in January 1989, 3 years 3.4 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

Why are there no photographs for this bird?

Birds are notoriously difficult to photograph. They don’t let you get close enough and then they fly away! We know that this bird species occurs in this area because we’ve seen them. But seeing them and photographing them are two different things. If you have photographs of this bird species that you would like to share with us please contact us through the ‘contact’ tab at the top of the page.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html