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Photo © by Cutterpillar
Collinsville, Queensland, Australia, August 2018
Todiramphus pyrrhopygius


Photo © by Neil Fifer
Alice Springs, April 2004

22 cm (8¾ in)

  • Rufous red patch on lower back and rump
  • Black stripe running through eye to the back of the head


Australia (except south-west and east, from southern Queensland to south-eastern South Australia)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Eucalypt woodlands, scrub and tussock grasslands, and areas with scattered trees.


Photo by Greg McKay
Eaglehawk, North Australia, October 2009


They feed on the ground, foraging for insects and reptiles. Their prey items consist of locusts, grasshoppers, mantids and beetles.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Australian Animals.net
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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