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Photo by NeilSydney, Australia
Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia
Rhipidura leucophrys


[edit] Identification

19-21.5cm (7½-8½ in)

Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and eastern Indonesia.

JuvenilePhoto by aa2Perth, Australia, January 2009
Photo by aa2
Perth, Australia, January 2009

[edit] Taxonomy

It is unrelated to the true wagtails of the genus Motacilla.

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognised[1]:

  • R. l. picata:
  • R. l. leucophrys:
  • R. l. melaleuca:

[edit] Habitat

Most habitats, except dense forests - wetlands, urban lawns, parks, and gardens, golf courses.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects small fish, lizards, grass seeds and beetles.

[edit] Breeding

It builds a cup-like nest on a tree branch from grass stems, strips of bark, and other fibres, bound together with spider webs. The clutch consits of 2-4 creamy-white eggs with brownish markings which are incubated by the female for 14 days. The young fledge after a further 14 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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