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Photo by jimmcleanSydney, Australia
Photo by jimmclean
Sydney, Australia
Manorina melanocephala


[edit] Identification

24–28 cm (9½-11 in)

  • Grey body
  • Black crown and cheeks
  • Yellow bill, legs and bare skin behind the eye

[edit] Distribution

Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

JuvenilesPhoto by David M SargeantMarcoola on the Sunshine Coast. Queensland, Australia
Photo by David M Sargeant
Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast. Queensland, Australia

There are four subspecies.1

  • M. m. titaniota
    • Interior of southern Cape York Peninsula, northeastern Queensland
  • M. m. lepidota
  • M. m. melanocephala
  • M. m. leachi

[edit] Habitat

Woodlands and open forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of invertebrates and nectar, with the addition of seeds and fruit. Occasionally they will also eat small reptiles and frogs.

[edit] Breeding

The female constructs the nest and incubates the eggs alone, but both sexes will care for and feed the young birds. Additional 'helpers' usually also feed the young. These helpers are almost always male birds.

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)

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