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Photo by Neil
Sydney, Australia
Rhipidura leucophrys


19-21.5cm (7½-8½ in)

Sexes similar


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

Photo by aa2
Perth, Australia, January 2009


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


Three subspecies are recognised[1]:

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


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


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


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.


  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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