Black Squeaker Atrapsalta encaustica (Germar, 1834)
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Male (New South Wales)
Species number (TNS): 415. Fore wing length: 15–18 mm. Distribution and seasonality: Three populations are known: (1) from elevated areas between Blackbutt and south of Gatton in south-east Queensland, (2) from the Warrumbungles and Pilliga Scrub via Coonabarabran in central New South Wales, and (3) from the Putty Road, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Blue Mountains, Nattai and the Royal National Park in central eastern New South Wales south along the coast to the Victorian border. Adults occur from September to March. Notable localities: Hampton, Mt Mee, Pilliga Scrub, Blackheath, Royal National Park, Putty Road (B. Smith), Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (B.Smith), Nattai (D. Emery), Wonboyn (P. Whitington). Habitat: Open forest, montane heath and coastal, warm temperate heathland. Calling song and behaviour: Fairly high-pitched, with two song components. The first component consists of rapid, repetitive "sip" phrases. The second component is similar but the phrases are emitted more slowly (about three times the length of those in the previous component). Singing occurs in bright sunshine. They prefer to sit on the trunks of eucalypts, including both smooth-barked and rough-barked species. Sometimes burnt trees are used as a singing perch. Similar species: Small Bark Squeaker (species complex), Sandstone Squeaker (species complex), Southern Mountain Squeaker. database record
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Female (New South Wales)
Male (Queensland)
Female (Queensland)