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Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia
Rhipidura leucophrys

Identification

19-21.5cm (7½-8½ in)

Sexes similar

Distribution

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

Juvenile
Photo by aa2
Perth, Australia, January 2009

Taxonomy

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

Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognised[1]:

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Photo © by Hobbit123
Oxley Common, Brisbane, Queensland, September 2019

Diet

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

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.

References

  1. 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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. BF Member observations

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