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(Redirected from Lichenostomus virescens)
Photo © by Pearly_Shells
Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia, 10 December 2003
Gavicalis virescens

Lichenostomus virescens

Identification

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.

Distribution

Australia: see Taxonomy for range of subspecies

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Four subspecies recognized[1]:

Formerly placed in the genus Lichenostomus.

Habitat

City parks, gardens and in bushlands.

Behaviour

Diet

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

Breeding

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

References

  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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External Links

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