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Photo © by Pearly_Shells
Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 10 December 2003
Gavicalis virescens

Lichenostomus virescens


18-22 cm long. Plain grey-brown upperbody, black streak through the eye from the bill to the neck, yellow streak below the eye, white throat, and a white to grey underbody streaked dark grey-brown. There is a small, inconspicuous white ear-tuft, usually hidden by the yellow ear coverts. The bill is black and the eye is dark brown. Young birds are similar to adults, with a lighter forehead and crown and a narrower, duller face marking.


Australia: see Taxonomy for range of subspecies



Four subspecies recognized[1]:

Formerly placed in the genus Lichenostomus.


City parks, gardens and in bushlands.



The diet includes nectar, small insects, fruits, grubs, and berries.


They build a cup shaped nest of grass, plant stems, and spider webs. The female incubates the eggs, but both parents feed the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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