- Rhipidura leucophrys
19-21.5cm (7½-8½ in)
- Black upperparts, throat and tail
- White underparts, supercillium and sub-moustachial whiskers
- Black bill and legs
- Dark brown iris
It is unrelated to the true wagtails of the genus Motacilla.
Three subspecies are recognised:
- R. l. picata:
- R. l. leucophrys:
- Mainland Australia, except north
- R. l. melaleuca:
Most habitats, except dense forests - wetlands, urban lawns, parks, and gardens, golf courses.
The diet includes insects small fish, lizards, grass seeds and beetles.
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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Willie-wagtail. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 10 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Willie-wagtail
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