Songlarks & Grassbirds

Locustellidae

This group of secretive, grass or thicket-dwelling birds is represented in Australia by three endemic species, the Brown Songlark Cinclorhamphus cruralis, Rufous Songlark C. mathewsi and Spinifexbird Poodytes carteri, and two with populations outside this country, the Tawny Grassbird C. timoriensis and Little Grassbird P. gramineus. Both the Pallas’s Grasshopper-Warbler Locustella certhiola and Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler L. ochotensis are recorded as vagrants.