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This north Australian Secondary Area is defined by the range of its one endemic species, Carpentarian Grasswren Amytornis dorotheae, known from just eight isolated localities in a strip of sandstone country with mature, unburnt tussock grassland, lying inland from the southern coast of the gulf; it runs from the Tawallah range near the Limmen Bight in the Northern Territory to the Gunpowder district north of Mt Isa in Queensland (see map, p. 572). The grasswren is classified as Vulnerable because, although numbers are difficult to assess, it has probably been adversely affected by changes in the fire regime since the arrival of Europeans (Garnett 1993).
Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
Threat and conservation
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