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Elected representatives in government are in charge of the policy and funding that can make or break saving threatened species. Their decisions and actions matter.

Parkes has or used to have 40 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Thick-billed Grasswren.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Thick-billed Grasswren

Thick-billed Grasswren

Amytornis modestus

Status: Vulnerable

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Amytornis modestus is found across 4 electorates.

Thick-billed Grasswrens are thickset, dull brown grasswrens with dark stout bills. The underparts are pale grey-buff, with fine streaking from the chin to the breast, and on the back. Female Grasswrens have chestnut flanks.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Parkes has or used to have 37 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Thick-billed Grasswren but they're just as important.

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