This species has an extensive distribution in shrublands in Australia. The nominate subspecies underwent a massive decline in the early 20th century that left it restricted to the Shark Bay region, Western Australia. Subspecies myall is moderately common in suitable habitat throughout its historical range in the Gawler Range, South Australia. Subspecies modestus declined substantially in the 19th and early 20th century, but still occurs over most of its former range in the Lake Eyre and From basins, South Australia, extending into the southern Northern Territory, though it has disappeared from the middle Darling River catchment, New South Wales.
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